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Migration Board worker found guilty of bribery

Charlotte West · 23 Jun 2009, 13:28

Published: 23 Jun 2009 13:28 GMT+02:00

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The man had accepted the same amount from an Afghan immigrant after promising he could arrange a residence permit for him.

The court found the employee guilty of bribery largely based on evidence in the form of conversations the Afghan recorded on his mobile phone. Among other things, the defendant's request for an additional 10,000 kronor and a recorded statement that he would “get an alien's passport” for the Afghan convinced the court of his guilt.

The Afghan, who came to Sweden in 2004, received news in April 2007 that his application for residency had been denied. He then “went underground.” According to court transcripts, he first met the Migrationsverket employee when he rented a room in the man's apartment in the Stockholm suburb of Bagarmossen.

Although he initially didn't reveal his illegal status to his landlord, the man eventually offered to secure him a residence permit for 40,000 kronor, a “friend's discount” off the usual black market price of between 60,000 to 120,000 kronor.

When the residence permit never materialized, the Afghan confronted the Migrationsverket employee, who attempted to unsuccessfully confiscate the Afghan’s phone, which had been used to record their conversations. During the scuffle, the Afghan's shirt was torn.

A few weeks later, the Afghan sent a letter to the employee's boss telling him about the affair. Migrationsverket launched an investigation into the matter, finding that the employee, who worked as an administrative assistant at the Solna reception centre near Stockholm, had committed a number of violations. These included performing unauthorized searches of immigrants' personal information.

The matter was then turned over to Swedish police. In March 2009, the employee was charged with bribery and suspended from Migrationsverket pending the outcome of the case.

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Since he had no prior offences, the Solna district court gave the employee a suspended sentence and ordered him to pay the Afghan the 40,000 kronor.

The employee has previously been suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Charlotte West (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:02 June 23, 2009 by bolababu
A suspended sentence? ..I guess thats meant to encourage other employees to toe the same line then.
14:35 June 23, 2009 by antoniolgj
"He then 'went underground.'"

An example of integrity...

"I don't care about your laws, if you don't let me stay I'll anyway..."

Lovely people...
17:54 June 23, 2009 by Greg in Canada
This guy gets fined but gets to keep his job? He should have been sacked on the spot.
18:16 June 23, 2009 by bjornnorgie
Its such a shame that the migration body is corupt and yet they keep talking about migration rules when u make an aplication to their office. They deny families of eu citizens their right of free movement and resident yet they talk about migration rules.

A crime commited on an asylum seeker is worth an immediate sack from job and a sentence to jail, because haven taken bribe from an asylum seeker, what do u expect from such immigrant when he finally get asylum in sweden.
20:43 June 23, 2009 by taj1
Well what happend to that Afghan.......? is he still in Sweden? the story most incude some information about him too.
21:59 June 23, 2009 by glamelixir
When i came to sweden I went 10 times to migration, they didn't want to take my application for residence permit because I didn't have a job and I was not studying. They said I had three months to be in the country, even though I am Italian and I had the EU law printed proving them wrong. They even requested a copy of my bank account. Finally I "forced them" to take my application inviting them to reject it if they could.

One week I had the letter saying Welcome to sweden.

I don't really know if they are just incompetents or racists.
22:05 June 23, 2009 by Mo
In the English language, in this story, the Afghani refugee payed the bribes and the migrationsverket employee was guily of receiving bribes.
23:41 June 23, 2009 by spy

I agree with you it is usually regarded as the practice of offering something (usually money) in order to gain an illicit advantage but I think in legal terms it can be accepting payment too.
09:06 June 24, 2009 by Guarauno
I wonder if the bribe was higher than the fine that employee was ordered to pay.
09:52 June 24, 2009 by Jeffi
Nej. He was just ordered to give back the money, essentially. Suspended sentence, for something someone did with aforethought and malice, and intent to subvert due process of law. A liar, a cheat, a fraud artist. Let us hope he also loses his job for betraying public trust, not merely continues being on leave from his job.
09:53 June 24, 2009 by Puffin
Where did you get that? The article says that the admin assistant is suspended pending the outcome of the court case
10:01 June 24, 2009 by Mo
not according to my favourite dictionary :-


a bit like the difference between lend & borrow
10:38 June 24, 2009 by Jeffi
And quoted line by line from the article:

"An employee of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has been ordered by the Solna district court to pay 40,000 kronor "

"The court found the employee guilty of bribery"

" ... the man eventually offered to secure him a residence permit for 40,000 kronor"

I see matching numbers there, in the article. And on leave, suspended... semantics, okay, you have me there.
11:28 June 24, 2009 by Puffin
Suspended pending the outcome of the court case - according to the final sentence of the article - which admittedly is not great English

if he had been found not guilty and the court had found that the complainant had made the whole thing up then Migrationsverket would have no grounds to dismiss the staff member.

One thing that The Local article did not pick up which has been quoted in the Swedish language pres was the nature of the scam - the administrative assistant was in to lowly a position to actually help the man get a UT - his job had no involvement with granting residence permits. But presumably he thought the scam would be a safe bet and that an illegal immigrant would not go to the police
14:15 June 24, 2009 by Jeffi
First para of the article:

An employee of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has been ordered by the Solna district court to pay 40,000 kronor ($5,000) in damages after having been found guilty of bribery.

Court has already found him guilty. Now I wonder if he will get his job back or not. There probably was no word on this when the story went to press, so not having that bit wrapped up is understandable.

What bothers me is that it is not merely bribery. It is fraud as well. The person might not have had a position where he could affect a change, but this in no manner lessens the degree of his crime. People shouldn't take advantage of other people like this. It is not the right way to be.
19:51 June 24, 2009 by Tobo
What happened to the Afghanistan? because both the giver and the receiver of bribe should be punished.
22:06 July 3, 2009 by wallywally
Who is to be blame? its sweden following the EU law? i guesss NO
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