270 imprisoned in black market purge

Tax revenues totalling 2.5 billion kronor ($310 million) have been recovered following an investigation into Sweden's labour black market by the Tax Agency (Skatteverket).

270 imprisoned in black market purge

The agency’s investigation has also led to 272 people being imprisoned for a total of 360 years, the report published on Tuesday, shows.

The government granted extra funds to the agency in 2006 earmarked for the improvement of tax controls.

So far more than 1,200 people have been charged for a range of offences.

Many of the cases of illegal labour emerge from tips and the company is thereafter investigated by the agency. Each investigation has on average netted an additional 2.7 million kronor in unpaid tax revenues.

The report shows that 75 percent of the economic crimes are committed in the Stockholm area.

The agency reveals in its report that much of the crime is connected to organized syndicates and is focused in several key industries such as construction.

The agency learned however that organized black markets in labour are also prevalent in other sectors such as transport, hotel and catering and cleaning.

To assist the investigation the agency put together a centralized analysis group (URAN) to develop a more systematic operation into the black market in labour.

The agency’s work to combat illegal labour will continue in a new project that will run until December 31st 2012.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.