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Deported man claims police stole money

TT/The Local/rm · 5 Apr 2011, 10:13

Published: 05 Apr 2011 10:13 GMT+02:00

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The man had studied and worked in Sweden for a number of years when he was sent home in November last year.

At the time of his extradition his savings, 65,000 Swedish kronor, were being looked after by the escorting officers. But there is no receipt that they were returned to him upon arrival in his country.

“We know that the police have looked after the funds during the journey. Then it follows that the police are responsible for giving him a receipt if they return the money,” his lawyer, Birgitta Elfström, told Sveriges Radio.

According to SR, the police have given differing statements as to if the monies have been returned. One of the officers stated that the Palestinian man refused to take his money.

“Just like it said in the report: ‘No, I don’t want any money’, ‘Yes, you must take it’.

But the other officer denies this and is certain that the man had an envelope with the money in his hand as he left.

Extradited foreign nationals are as a rule escorted by officers from the Swedish Prison and Probation Service transport unit (Kriminalvårdens transporttjänst) and not the police.

If money is being handled, there are strict rules regarding receipts and signatures by officers and recipients.

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At the Swedish Prison and Probation Service transport unit, Gunnar Johansson, head of foreign operations in Gothenburg, is surprised.

“I am speechless that this can have happened regarding such a large sum, “ he said to SR.

The police have so far declined to comment in the Swedish media and the case is being investigated internally by Swedish border police.

TT/The Local/rm (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:55 April 5, 2011 by bolababu

Look in the mirror, ..you'll see those two policemen.
15:38 April 5, 2011 by Rishonim

Just because he is Palestinian that doesn't automatically qualify him as a terrorist. Could you ever think he was going to use that money to feed his family? It is his money and if the police took it thinking they could get away with it then they should be punished.
15:55 April 5, 2011 by LeoKinmann
lol corrupted cops... not surprised
21:12 April 5, 2011 by bramblebush
Sounds like just another scam. He got his money, blew it on hookers, falalfle and hashish. Now he has buyers regret and is trying to fleece Sweden...
23:01 April 5, 2011 by prince T
He obviously did not get his money back from the police. so he would not have been able to spend it. Secondly, it was proven that he had envelope on him when he was leaving. Thirdly, if the money was meant for terrorism, it is a good thing that it was not going to be in sweden. prejudice shold not be condoned on this forum. tack och hej då
04:15 April 6, 2011 by Stickeroo
@Prince T

it was proven he had an envelope on him? Where is this proof? Oh yeah, cuz the one cop said he did right? Sorry my mistake, how could I have overlooked that fact. (Total Sarcasm BTW)

poor guy just wants it back so he can go home and help reclaim his peoples land. They should give him triple, its for a good cause.
07:30 April 6, 2011 by Zhorka
Hope the guy gets his money back plus a hefty compensation for moral damage.
09:18 April 6, 2011 by HeilNizar
Well done Sweden, more of such actions please, send them home.

I doubt they took his money, the man must be lying.
09:34 April 6, 2011 by engagebrain
As the article says

there are strict rules regarding receipts and signatures by officers and recipients.

either the signatures and documentation exists, and the signature is correct, or it does not.

Since we know almost nothing about the deportee, why are so many posts abusive ?
14:46 April 6, 2011 by bravo96
Insurgent M.uslims must pay a terrorist tax while living in Sweden : )
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