Swede arrested in German paedophile snare
TT/The Local/gs · 17 Apr 2011, 09:31
Published: 17 Apr 2011 09:31 GMT+02:00
The Swede is accused, among other things, of having taken advantage of children from catastrophe struck Haiti.
“He is suspected for a total of 20 cases, both in Germany and Haiti,” Martin Steltner, spokesperson for the Prosecutor's Office in Germany, told the Aftonbladet daily.
“Most of them occurred between 2002 and 2003, but a few of them at least happened as recent as last year,” he said.
The investigation of the 67-year-old has been going on for a week, Steltner said.
Another two people – a 57-year-old German and a 26-year-old Brazilian –were arrested earlier this week at Munich Airport when they illegally tried to bring an 11-year-old boy from Haiti to Germany.
According to German media, the Swedish man is tied to a network of paedophiles. He is suspected of being one of the brains behind the large smuggling operation. The real aim of the suspects was selling the children to Berlin paedophiles for sexual abuse, reports German newspaper the Berliner Morgenpost.
The Swede works for a school in Berlin. Together with the 57-year-old he has been a member of a help organization. Through that organization he has visited Haiti to support orphans there. The children, including boys between 11 and 12-years-old, were instead taken to Germany where they were exposed to sexual abuse.
The Swedish Foreign Ministry had no information about the arrested Swede Saturday night.