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Swedish ex-Nazi extradited over sign theft

AFP/The Local · 9 Apr 2010, 18:14

Published: 09 Apr 2010 17:36 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Apr 2010 18:14 GMT+02:00

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Högström, 34, arrived in Warsaw aboard a Polish military aircraft, after which he was transferred by helicopter to Krakow where prosecutors are investigating the case, police said.

Högström was arrested on February 11 over the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the gate of the notorious World War II death camp set up in Poland by Nazi Germany. The theft was carried out on December 18.

On March 11, a Stockholm court allowed his extradition to Poland to face trial.

Högström in 1994 founded the National Socialist Front, a Swedish neo-Nazi movement he headed for five years before quitting.

He has told Swedish media he was to act as an intermediary to pick up the sign and sell it to a buyer, but claimed that he informed Polish police about the people behind the plot.

Polish police recovered the five-metre (16-foot) metal sign, whose German inscription means "Work Will Set You Free", on December 20. They arrested and charged five Polish men.

The sign, which had been cut into three parts, was returned by investigators to the Auschwitz museum on January 21, less than a week before commemorations for the 65th anniversary of the camp's liberation by Soviet troops.

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The sign has long symbolised the horror of the camp where some 1.1 million people -- one million of them Jews -- were victims of Nazi German genocide from 1940 to 1945.

Polish judicial authorities indicted Högström in January and issued an arrest warrant for him on February 2.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:06 April 9, 2010 by "green Swede"
The "NAXIS" one of the most hideous political organisations in world history,c'mon guys it's a headline for christ's sake!
18:37 April 9, 2010 by Nemesis
This is one nazi who will learn that the grass on the other side has teeth.

In jail I hope he works for his freedom.
21:03 April 9, 2010 by Greg in Canada
These neo-nazi guys really are a bunch of looney tunes.
10:16 April 10, 2010 by asteriks
Why I am not surprised it is Swedish who ordered nazi theft? Because:

- government and secret agency spread hate against immigrants with help of media. Institutional racism is very big, immigration office and secret agency are spying immigrants from third world countries but they don't spy foreigners from West who are equal with Swedish.

- south Sweden is so called nazi region, from WWII till today.

- Sweden is consisted from many villages and small cities where people are conservative, it means right wing. Stockholm is big and far away, there is much less hate for immigrants in society but there is still big discrimination realized by institutions.

Summa summarum, Sweden is good for crazy nazi. This man was leader of nazi party 5 years and nobody arrested him? Why Sweden and DK had pictures against Islam but not some other countries who don't rob Muslim countries? What Swedish did to fight against nazi in Sweden? Nothing, they just adapt themselves in situation and they believe in government like ships without brain and government protect interest of corporations and not interest of the people.
13:54 April 10, 2010 by longhin
>What Swedish did to fight against nazi in Sweden?<

First you would have to build pretty big concentration camp for those evil people from small villages and cities outside of Stockholm.
20:57 April 10, 2010 by DAVID T
Whatever happened to innocent until proved guilty? I t was just a sign anyway
07:48 April 11, 2010 by square
DAVID T, what a stupid thing to say. To the families of those who passed under that sign it has allot of meaning. You obviously have no idea.
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