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Amnesty accuses police over Roma 'dumping'

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 29 Sep 2010, 13:25

Published: 29 Sep 2010 13:25 GMT+02:00

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The 29 Romanian and one German citizen were arrested in a raid on a Stockholm apartment on February 18th. They were deported by bus soon after, and according to the report to JO filed by a law student, police procedure may not have been adhered to.

"I have gone through the other reports regarding those deported and have become quite convinced that the police involved in the operation are guilty of offences beyond mere misconduct," wrote the student, who submitted the report on behalf of Amnesty's legal group in Uppsala.

The reported alleges that 20 of the people found in the apartment were detained without having prior expulsion orders and according to the report 13 of these people were deported a couple of hours later.

The report includes no information on whether expulsion orders were arranged after the raid nor what became of the remaining seven people.

Those who were not deported were ordered to leave the apartment and the commanding police officer retained the keys to the dwelling, which he later handed over to the landlord stating that there was "vermin" in the apartment, according to the police report over the incident which the student has examined in the course of his studies.

It is also alleged that the 30 people were not given any chance to appeal their deportation. Nor were they given a waiver to sign relinquishing their right to appeal.

Many if the decisions were motivated due to "begging" which is not illegal in Sweden. The report argued that the police have mixed up "supporting himself or herself by dishonest means", which is grounds for expulsion according to the Swedish Aliens Act, with "simply being poor".

Several of the deported are argued to be street musicians and according to a recent pronouncement from the Migration Board (Migrationsverket), busking is not grounds for expulsion.

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Furthermore it is argued that expulsion usually involves the repatriation of citizens to their home countries but in this case the 29 Romanians and one German citizen, all of Roma origin, were deposited at the Öresund Bridge on the border between Sweden and Denmark.

The law student requested that the ombudsman investigate the legality of the police actions before considering taking further action.

"I am prepared to file a criminal complaint, but do not want to get carried away with myself. I will thus hold off until the ombudsman has completed an investigation."

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:04 September 29, 2010 by tillerman
At least France pays them when it gets rid of Roma....
14:29 September 29, 2010 by JulieLou40
Some jumped-up little twerp who has nothing better than to defend the rights of thieving gypsies. I'd like to slap this idiot.
14:41 September 29, 2010 by bocale1
JulieLou40, I think you are not better than any of these "thieving gypsies". I hope that someone will still stand up for your rights when you need it!
15:15 September 29, 2010 by flintis
Mmmmmmm, a "student" from Uppsala has filed the complaint, says a lot.

Wonder if this is part of his thesis & was he there aiding and abetting illegal immigrants?

@JulieLou40, if you get hold of this idiot, give'em a slap from me too. Wasting good taxpayers money on itinerants they deserve to be deported with'em
16:23 September 29, 2010 by rba
As far as I remember this bridge doesn't have a pedestrian path, so how could they be deposited there?
16:30 September 29, 2010 by ww77ww
The name of this "student" should be published for all to know.
17:00 September 29, 2010 by Jan M
This wasn't deportation by the sounds of things. Returning Romanians to Romania would be for example. Maybe there were grounds for deportation. If so the authorities should be able to rub together enough brain cells to complete a deportation process rather than stopping at a bridge. Lax and pretty pathetic.
21:14 September 29, 2010 by anticommie
Swedish racism, hell and SD wasnt even incharge yet!
22:05 September 29, 2010 by voidplay
Roma if they are EU citizens, this would be illegal. I find several drunkards and anti social elements, people cheating on the social benefits and insurance, these roma are better. Throwing away the roma isn't a solution they are not animals. If it is about inclusion you need to think deeper and find a solution.
00:14 September 30, 2010 by LordSqueak
I can't belive I'm reading this hatred in the comments, this side of 1945. That actualy shocks me more than the article does.
01:46 September 30, 2010 by kenny8076
i want to know what 30 people were doing living in 1 apartment? is there not fire codes here? is THAT legal? wow i wish America would be this harsh on the Mexicans, we have entire parts of CITY'S designated to people like this... let alone one apartment!!
03:26 September 30, 2010 by waffen
Test for viabilty of comment
03:37 September 30, 2010 by Jarvilainennen
What many people fail to see is that a lot of the Roma work as scouts for organized crime. If they (the Roma) had the chance, a lot of them would probably get an education and go to work.

It is within their culture to dislike schooling and work. We can´t go on denying this.

Of course the East-European Roma need help. It is just that if you start helping them too much, they do become a "pest" and in a society that is humane and doesn´t want to force people to change their odd ways, things get out of hand.

There can be no sympathy for a culture based on breeding like rabbits and begging for their living. No individual Roma is bad, though. You have to send them back. I know it´s heart braking for a lot of people.
03:45 September 30, 2010 by waffen
I am dismayed by the hate-filled comments here because that is what can be expected from the United States. How those comments can be from Swedes is very much a surprise to me.

The Roma are human beings, and those of you who comment to the effect that they are not are sad cases indeed.
03:56 September 30, 2010 by Jarvilainennen

In today´s world you take a plain, fill it with refugees or beggars and in a couple of hours it slams down on some airport in a city filled with loose money, drug business and helpful people.

A few hours and a couple of hundred people stand there staring at you in need of work or help.

Repeat a few times and you have a few thousand of them. There´s no society in existance that could handle something like that.
04:40 September 30, 2010 by jimmyjames
Listen, most of the people like this student and the other "do gooders" are truely ignorant ( the dictionary definition of the word) as to the real world. They are always young college students or individuals who have lived very sheltered and protected lives. Gypsies ( Roma) have had centuries to "change their ways". The fact is they view the do-gooders as "MARKS" ( chumps, fools, ect.) to be played. If the do -gooders had any real understanding of Gypsies/Roma they would know that they despise the world of education/jobs/house buying/middle-class life......they will always play the victim when busted. The so-called stereo-types that liberals believe is "a pack of lies" regarding various minorities turn out to be 85 -95% absolutely based on fact when one really starts digging for the truth.
05:09 September 30, 2010 by Jarvilainennen

Sometimes the do gooders have a point too. I do not know if this one had, but now it´s on the news nontheless.

It is not right to say the Roma are "vermin."

But does it make it wrong to treat a group of them as such?

I like to focus on the individual.

The Roma need to understand this. Their culture is the vermin. Why be a part of something that uses it´s color and creed to suck on the others´ good will?

Sure, be a gypsy, after you can afford it on your own and be proud of it.
08:16 September 30, 2010 by wabasha
kenny #11,

I wish sweden had some mexicans! Im so sick of pizza or kabab...
00:52 October 1, 2010 by Tanskalainen
How come no one asks what the Danes think about a bunch of Roma dumped on their doorstep? I don't believe they were very thrilled and overjoyed. This is an act of war, Denmark should take Skania back.
13:38 October 1, 2010 by Viva Melita
Keep them out and if not let the idiots who want them in have them live down their street.

In a matter of a week even the most ardent Liberal dimwit will be joining SD.
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