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Swede arrested in Spain over terror crimes

Published: 14 Feb 2013 17:34 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Feb 2013 17:34 GMT+01:00

A 65-year-old Swedish man was arrested in Madrid when local police made a raid on suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PPK).

The Swede was arrested when Spanish and French police made the raid on Tuesday, the Expressen newspaper revealed.

Police made a total of six arrests across Spain, in Madrid, Torrejón de Ardoz, Murcia, and Barcelona. French police hauled in a further 16 suspects across the border, confiscated €28,000 and weapons in the process.

The 65-year-old has a lawyer, according to Catarina Axelsson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet), yet further information remains unknown.

"He has not been charged, so we can't get into details of how to label the crime," she told the TT news agency.

The ministry and the Swedish embassy are closely following the case.

The 65-year-old, whose home is in the south of Sweden, is among a group of people who are suspected to be involved in the financing of the Kurdish party through the financing of weapons and explosives planned to be used in Turkey.

The six men arrested in Spain will face court on Friday, wrote the Europa Press news agency. Following the hearing, a judge will determine if the men will be held on remand.

The PPK is a Kurdish organization founded in 1984 that fights against the Turkish state for an autonomous Kurdistan, as well as for the rights of Kurds in Turkey.

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19:30 February 14, 2013 by johan rebel
A Swede? Oh, pleeeease . . . .

Blond? Blue eyes? Yeah, right!
21:26 February 14, 2013 by canuk
I love how most articles now state 'lives in the south of sweden'. Just say it for what it is CRAPmö, i mean Malmö of course.....
21:57 February 14, 2013 by Rishonim
One don't need to have blue eyes and blond hair to be a Swede. To think so is amazingly foolish. Just like the idiots in Argentina who used to claim there were no blacks in Argentina.

Zlatan doesn't fit that description

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23:56 February 14, 2013 by wxman
Swede? How about, for the sake of accuracy, we say "Swedish Citizen".
10:08 February 15, 2013 by TG22
Now you can put Swede and Terror in the same phrase... Multiculturalism at its best...
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