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Swede's remand for Auschwitz theft extended

AFP/The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 08:03

Published: 02 Jul 2010 08:03 GMT+02:00

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Anders Högström was extradited to Poland from Sweden in April and initially remanded for three months to give prosecutors probing December's theft more time to question him.

The court in the southern Polish city of Krakow accepted a prosecution request to keep him behind bars until September 9th, Poland's PAP news agency reported.

Högström was arrested in his homeland on a Polish warrant in February. He risks 10 years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors have said Högström denies plotting the theft of the gateway sign from the site of the camp in the southern Polish city of Oswiecim, which has became a notorious symbol of genocide by the occupying Nazi Germans.

Polish police recovered the five-metre metal sign - which means "Work Will Set You Free" in German - two days after it went missing.

They arrested and charged five Polish men, three of whom, considered relatively small fry, have already been sentenced to two and a half years in prison.

The two others, suspected of playing a far more prominent role in the theft, are to be tried after Högström has been questioned.

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

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

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

Of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, 1 million were murdered at Auschwitz, mostly in the camp's notorious gas chambers, along with tens of thousands of others including Poles, Roma and Soviet prisoners of war.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:44 July 2, 2010 by Nemesis
I hope everyone involved in this rots in jail.
09:27 July 2, 2010 by reason
I hope everyone involved in this gets a fair trial.
09:42 July 2, 2010 by asteriks
Just watch comments about immigrants at TheLocal, and you can see how many Swedish are fascists. It is logical that this shame crime was ordered by Swedish.
10:43 July 2, 2010 by RobinHood
Thank you Reason for pointing out to Nemesis that we are all entitled to a fair trial. I am sure he wóuld demand for one himself if he were ever to be acused of a crime.
11:03 July 2, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
reason: you hope "everyone involved...gets a fair trial" are you acknowledging that the actual culprits are to be tried? If so, what is fair? Acquittal?

RobinHood: Nemesis said everyone involved should rot in jail. He did not say that anyone innocent of the crime should be convicted. Is it because the crime is primarily against Jews that you get confused over issues of fairness, guilt and innocence?
11:40 July 2, 2010 by RobinHood

There were many people "involved" in this escapade in some way or another. Some might be innocent and some might be guilty. Let's wait for the court to decide before sending all of them off to "rot in jail". That's the way it's usually done, and only seems fair in the circumstances.

No I am not confused about Polish law, but ironically, you seem to be. I can assure that everyone in Poland is entitled to a fair trial, whatever their religion. I am amazed that you suggest otherwise. If I were Polish, I would be very upset at your insinuation that Polish law differentiates between religions (especially Jews). It does not.
12:04 July 2, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
I didn't insinuate anything about Polish law, who did it, who should rot in jail, etc. I pointed out lazy thinking and expression on your part. I must say, though, you clearly seem to have an agenda with regard to this matter and I suspect it is not to see justice prevail.
12:45 July 2, 2010 by RobinHood

Those whose who prescribe punishment before conviction (Nemesis), and those who support them (rufus t firefly) have no understanding of, or interest in justice.

Those who support the presumption of innocence for all, before conviction by fair trial(Reason, myself and the rest of the civilized world) do indeed have an agenda. It is the defence and preservation of the rule of law (including Polish law) against those who would destroy it (you). A noble cause don't you think?

How's that for "lazy thinking and expression"?
12:53 July 2, 2010 by McChatter
Morning, Rufus!

Wondered where you went after the Hootsman. Välkommen till Sverige!
14:36 July 2, 2010 by Kevin Harris
The people who had that sign made would be well pleased with Rufus' support for imprisonment without fair trial. Even after all these years, and in that place, we still have to be alert for their kind and stand against them when we must.
16:47 July 2, 2010 by rufus.t.firefly
It is inconceivable that anything I have said suggests I think anyone should be denied due process! Put the f'ing crack pipe down for few minutes.
20:47 July 2, 2010 by wxman
Let's see, what does that say, hmmm. Oh, I know! Free Abbey Ale!! Right?
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