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Berry picker trafficking suspect released

Berry picker trafficking suspect released

Published: 01 Aug 2012 06:40 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Aug 2012 06:40 GMT+02:00

The 43-year-old man held on suspicion of trafficking Bulgarian berry pickers to Sweden has been released as there was not enough evidence to prove his guilt, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

“His story is that he has brought his family over to pick blueberries, that they have picked for just for personal use and that there hasn’t been any shared enterprise,” said prosecutor Annika Bokefors to local paper Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT).

The man, a 43-year-old Bulgarian resident, was arrested on July 19th after allegedly luring three other Bulgarians into coming to Sweden with the promises of a good salary, a home, and a job.

But instead the workers were brought to a campsite in Mehedeby, south of Gävle, with no running water or bathroom facilities.

However, according to the Uppsala prosecutor, the police investigation has come up with nothing that proves that the man has actually committed the crime he has been accused of.

Neither does the prosecutor believe that any further investigation into the matter will uncover any such proof, reported the paper.

The man has faced similar accusations before in Sweden, but the charges were dropped at that time too due to lack of evidence.

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07:49 August 1, 2012 by robban70226
Obviously he knows how to play the Swedish legal system .A typical shark that is wiser than the police.. Wait Next year.. the same story will be repeated. He will pocket the money and others will pay the cost.. First time shame of hin,... second time.. shame on Sweden
17:51 August 1, 2012 by Migga
Exactly what I meantioned earlier in another article about this subject. Foreign tricksters who fool others to come to Sweden. Nothing that Sweden can control because of EU.
23:55 August 1, 2012 by MitchXXX
So if everithing was leagal according to the Swedish Court there should not be a problem.Let those people live like animals in the Forest.If they try to find a way out of the misery and starvation there protesting or fighting eachother for empty cans so they can buy food and water, because there is nothing else in the bushes you know, send the Police and put them in Prisons.Is this sound you more like Justice??? In some twisted mind that could be better than in the Woods but hey we are not in the Dark Ages, are we?
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