Swedes block Danish neo-Nazi extradition

Sweden's highest legal official Göran Lambertz has argued that a Danish neo-Nazi can not be extradited from Sweden to face charges in Germany as he has committed no crime under Swedish law.

A German prosecutor in Frankfurt am Man is investigating a distribution chain of so-called white power music with subsidiaries in several countries. The postal order network supplies hundreds of thousands of CDs with neo-Nazi, holocaust-denial and generally racist content. Some of this content has been distributed in Germany, in contravention of strict national laws.

The German authorities have sought judicial assistance and extradition of suspects from both Sweden and Denmark, but in Sweden they have met with opposition.

An underlying problem for the German prosecutor is that several of the offences that the man is suspected of are perfectly legal in Sweden.

These include the membership of a criminal organisation, the use of symbols such as the swastika and denial of the holocaust. Furthermore the hate crimes included in the charge list are barred by the statute of limitations.

Denmark has meanwhile been more cooperative and offered legal help to the German authorities and also approved the extradition of two leading figures within the Scandinavian arm of the neo-Nazi movement to Germany: Stefan Günther and Flemming Christiansen.

The case concerns a Danish citizen, resident in Sweden, who has distributed CDs manufactured in Australia. He has forwarded the material by post and by car.

The Swedish Chancellor of Justice Göran Lambertz has declined to provide legal assistance for the charges that relate to the posted items, as the CDs are to be considered to having been distributed in Sweden and are therefore protected by national law.

Lambertz has for the same reason rejected the extradition application.

Transporting the material by car is not however protected by Swedish law, but Lambertz does not consider the charges sufficient to warrant extradition. The offences have been, at least partially, committed in Sweden, and the period for prosecution has also for the most part expired.


Swedish neo-Nazis hand out flyers, causing fight to break out

Scuffles broke out in Oskarshamn on Saturday after neo-Nazi organisation Nordic Resistance Movement (Nordiska motståndsrörelsen, NMR) began handing out flyers in the centre of the town.

Swedish neo-Nazis hand out flyers, causing fight to break out
NMR members carrying the extremist group's newspaper during the Sweden's Almedalen political forum week earlier this month. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

A man in his forties was pushed to the ground by a supporter of the group and five people are suspected of committing assault, reports local media Oskarshamns-Tidningen.

Physical confrontation broke out when the man asked the neo-Nazi group to stop filming him, according to the report. When the group refused, he tried to take the camera from them and was then attacked.

Police have seized a camera containing footage documenting the disturbance.

“It has been confiscated as evidence in case there is film or pictures of what happened,” police spokesperson Stephan Söderholm told Oskarshamns-Tidningen.

The man who was attacked did not suffer serious injury.

The extremist NMR group made headlines earlier this month for disrupting Sweden’s Almedalen political forum week after organisers decided to allow them to participate in the event.

Also on Saturday, a man wearing a t-shirt that read “Revolution: Support the Nordic Resistance Movement” walked on to the court during the Swedish Open tennis match between David Ferrer and Fernando Verdasco, yelled Nazi slogans and raised his arm in a Nazi-like salute.

Security guards and police officers escorted the man away as incredulous commentators decried the incident as an “absolute scandal”.

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