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Sweden's 'most wanted' arrested in Slovakia

David Landes · 16 Sep 2011, 17:56

Published: 16 Sep 2011 17:56 GMT+02:00

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In January, 2010, Miroslav Horvath, 40, was convicted of human trafficking, as well as assault and aggravated theft, and received a prison sentence of two years and nine months.

But in August 2010, Horvath escaped from prison and has been on the run ever since.

Earlier this week, however, Horvath was apprehended in the city of Surany in southern Slovakia, according to a statement from Slovak police.

Horvath is one of several fugitives featured in the Aftonbladet newspaper on Thursday in a report about Sweden's Ikaros list, considered to be Sweden's 'most-wanted' list of criminals.

Police in Sweden confirmed for The Local on Friday that Horvath had indeed been arrested and has since been removed from the Ikaros list, explaining that the Ikaros list featured in Aftonbladet had been put together just before Horvath's arrest.

Horvath had been wanted on a European arrest warrant issued in May 2011 and according to Slovak police, his case was a “high priority”.

Slovak police said that Horvath was aware that he was a wanted man and had thus kept on the move, changing addresses in an effort to stay one step ahead of police.

But police caught up with Horvath while he was having lunch at a restaurant in Surany when a team of officers raided the establishment and placed him under arrest.

At first, Horvath claimed to be someone else, but eventually confessed before being brought to a police station the town of Nitra where he is now awaiting extradition.

Horevath was one of three men convicted in Sweden in January 2010 for their roles in a sex trafficking scheme in which a 17-year-old girl was forced to sell sex to several men in Skåne in southern Sweden.

The 17-year-old girl, a native of Slovakia, grew up under impoverished circumstances before being thrown out by her father. Soon thereafter she met up with 26-year-old Karol Rafael, a member of the local mafia, who offered her a place to stay, the Expressen newspaper reported at the time.

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After two weeks at the German brothel, the 17-year-old was then taken to Denmark to sell herself on the streets before then being brought to Sweden by Horvath.

The girl eventually escaped after she happened to tell her story to a Slovak-speaker who turned out to be her last customer.

Upon hearing that the teen was being forced to sell sex against her will, he promptly took her to the local police station.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:29 September 16, 2011 by Russ Cobleigh
two years and nine months. ? really?!
21:56 September 16, 2011 by Addendum
Thrown HIM off the train. Use the savings (no need to house and feed him) to help the young girl.
02:39 September 17, 2011 by Svensksmith
Why bring a goon like that back to Sweden? Leave him where he is.
08:23 September 17, 2011 by rise
Is he really going to spend that much time in prison? Why it's almost a life time!

Seriously, why bother to even search for him when he didn't even got any punishment anyway?!
09:03 September 17, 2011 by Rap43
"21:29 September 16, 2011 by Russ Cobleigh

two years and nine months. ? really?! "

He must have paid his taxes! Now, if he had failed to declare 100:- in income he would have got 15 years...
09:39 September 17, 2011 by bocagill
Wow One of Sweden's most wanted fugitives and was only sentence to two years and nine months. Maybe i should start my own mafia group.
09:58 September 17, 2011 by Kevin Harris
Why did he bother to escape?
10:55 September 17, 2011 by swedeman22
"He must have paid his taxes! Now, if he had failed to declare 100:- in income he would have got 15 years... "

You will not receive a prison sentence for taxfraud in sweden, you can almost not even get fines in Sweden for cheating with taxes, economic criminals are those who gets away with their crimes in sweden.
22:08 September 17, 2011 by Tony L
He is part of criminal gang,some East European like himself and should serve some time
09:27 September 18, 2011 by dunkinman
this one does't look like a slovakian, he must be one of the gypsies trouble making scum
14:12 September 19, 2011 by Lemon1987
Hmm, Im so ashamed of scumbags like this one . These people are so f*ck up.
19:24 September 20, 2011 by stoogefest
imagine how easy it must have been for him to escape, given his low sentence

what, did they open the main gates because he threatened to complain about discrimination or what
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