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Man imprisoned after setting himself alight

TT/The Local · 20 Oct 2010, 07:44

Published: 20 Oct 2010 07:44 GMT+02:00

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The man was on Tuesday sentenced to a year's imprisonment by an appeals court after Växjö district court had previously decided to acquit.

The then 26-year-old man set himself alight in April 2009 in a Migration Board (Migrationsverket) detention centre in Alvesta in central Sweden.

He sustained serious burns and his life was long in the balance as a result of his injuries.

The man took the drastic course of action after having finished talking with his administrator. He proceeded to lock himself into a toilet, poured petrol over his head and set himself alight.

"After a while a bang was heard and the man came out of the toilet like a walking torch," said Fredrik Svärd at Kronobergs police to news agency TT at the time.

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Staff at the centre managed to extinguish the fire, but the man had already sustained serious injuries.

The man was rushed to Växjö hospital and was later treated for his injuries at the burns unit at Linköping University Hospital.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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08:29 October 20, 2010 by byke
"A 28-year-old man who sat himself alight" ... how do you SAT yourself alight?

sitting on a flame?
09:54 October 20, 2010 by this_aint_sparta
Sad very sad, I really wonder what threats he had for going back to his mother land. I wish if world was not that bad, I wish we should never be that desparate.
10:03 October 20, 2010 by engagebrain
What conceivable point is achieved by jailing someone who has serious injured themself and who Sweden wants to remove from the country ?.
10:24 October 20, 2010 by tillerman
Sad for him. Sad for Swedish taxpayers. They had to pay dearly for his health care and will now pay for incarceration.
10:39 October 20, 2010 by roaringchicken92
Hope he doesn't run out of toilet paper in his jail cell. He might go berserk.

Oh, and right on, #4.
11:22 October 20, 2010 by RobinHood
The Swedish taxpayer must be groaning under the cost of this poor man's visit to Sweden. His legal representation in two seperate matters - with appeals. Months of intensive healthcare in a burns unit. His one-year incarcaration. His ultimate repatriation to his home country.

I know I should feel sorry for him, and I do. But when I think of the good things Sweden could have done with the tens of millions of Crowns of public money he has wasted, I get a peeved at his selfish behaviour.
12:05 October 20, 2010 by Bringer
I am so disgusted with these comments. God forbid one of you be so desperate to not go back to your country that your last resort is to set yourself on fire. Shame on you.

Where was this seeker from?
12:34 October 20, 2010 by omphus
Well, better he be in jail than in the community. Anyone who can light themselves on fire provides justification for having their asylum application refused.
12:40 October 20, 2010 by Katmantoo
Well said omphus---- well said
12:54 October 20, 2010 by tillerman

The authorities investigated his case and decided his claim for asylum was not warranted. And this from a migration agency noted for its lenency in such matters.
14:22 October 20, 2010 by Bringer
Thanks for the info Tillerman, but really, that doesn't excuse the comments from people above. A real person who was scared enough for some reason to do that to himself? OBVIOUSLY, you should be worried about the taxpayers! *eyeroll*
15:15 October 20, 2010 by SarahRF
How do you know he wasn't just trying to use the asylum seeker status as a way to get into the country? Oh wait, does that ever really happen?!
15:43 October 20, 2010 by asian123
instead of jailing sending him to home(afghanistan ) would be a great punishment. these are the black mail techniques.

he is much worried about the money he paid to all smugglers who promised him that there will be great life in sweden without much hard working life time .
16:22 October 20, 2010 by Tanskalainen
When you're hot, you're hot .
16:29 October 20, 2010 by mojofat
Could they not get him for littering as well?
16:51 October 20, 2010 by Swedesmith
I know that, here in America, we are not allowed to smoke in public buildings.
18:39 October 20, 2010 by bolababu
wow, ..just one word describes all you self-proclaimed human beings above, .."Monsters"! ..if Sweden were the most heavenly place on earth, i don't think he would set himself alight just to stay here, ..he probably knows that a worse fate awaits him back home. You should walk a mile in his shoes before you judge him but then, these are cold emotionless pill-dependent Swedes we are talking about and all that matters is tax-payers money.

Always remember that he is first a human being before being the pest he is on your social system, i guess you know nothing about that.
19:11 October 20, 2010 by Tdye

"A real person who was scared enough for some reason to do that to himself?"

so you think this guy was too scared to go back to his own country because maybe some one was going to kill him?...yet he sets his self on fire OBVIOUSLY trying to kill himself..thats not scared that is freaking crazy..

the guy needs to be locked up no matter the cost.. i would rather it be that you all would have to pay taxes than to come on here and learn that one of my fellow "thelocal.se" posters was killed by this guy


Swedesmith.. yeah it is crazy that you can only smoke in a bar if the bar also sells food.. at least that is how it is in Ga..great comment btw
20:32 October 20, 2010 by Vitas
Bravo Sweden!!!

One of these poor taxpayers started to kill immigrants in Malmo.

What next?
22:10 October 20, 2010 by Sam1
the cheapest shi*t of people who talk about tax and payers, you are not from this country but a cheap brat, I hope you get burnt and they take the tax you pay and whine about and pay it fo rur treatment..and it wouldnt last and they take some one else tax and pay it to replace your fingers that typed such an aweful comment.. what a cheap heartless SOB you are...
22:16 October 20, 2010 by asian123
may be it is the plan of the taliban . first gain citizenship and go for afghanistan to read the quran in the hill of the pakistan and afghanistan border.

this quy is from afghanistan.

he will definitely will become a sucide bomber . he had that much crazyness.

there are many techniques played by taliban and most NATO people dont understand how crazy people are.
03:55 October 21, 2010 by maxbrando
This is wonderful!! Only the Swedes would do this. They will also arrest a guy who jumps off a 10 story building, and convict him for speeding!
05:36 October 21, 2010 by Da Goat
what a absolutely clever guy! who would think of such a clever (if not painful) way to circumvent the decision to throw him out, first he gets free medical care and his miserable life saved (not very wise???) now he gets to be cared for by the state (in his majesties pleasure house) ad infinitum .

I guess as long as one is not vain (don't mind looking like a sultana) and not so worried about freedom (in jail) then what a fiendishly brilliant plan! You go BOY!
12:48 October 21, 2010 by Bringer
Disgusting. More and more disgusting. The only thing that satisfies me is, that you all are not indicative of Swedes as you are by and large, a group of idiotic immigrants yourself. How about you head on down to Malmo so someone can show you what right wing extremism can purchase you?
22:15 October 22, 2010 by Tdye
why is is always a political thing with you people?

serious question....
07:36 October 23, 2010 by Lena_i_USA
I can very well understand why he was convicted of arson. He didn't just set him self on fire but risk setting the building on fire! If he had, he probably hadn't been the only one who was injured.

Here in the US they are very strict when we have to go to the INS for a green card etc. There are at least two guards, they check so you have an appointment. They x-ray your bag and look through it, you have to go through a metal detector etc. You are not allowed to bring in any liquid.... including gasoline!

I guess I should appreciate that...
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