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Juholt backed 'temporary citizenship': report

TT/The Local/dl · 12 Oct 2011, 18:14

Published: 12 Oct 2011 18:14 GMT+02:00

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Last Friday, Reepalu suggested that the deportation of criminals and 'temporary' citizenship should be considered as measures to help battle criminality in Malmö's Seved district.

Initially, the party's judicial policy spokesperson, Morgan Johansson, made public comments indicating the party backed the proposal.

"This is a measure worth trying," he told the TT news agency at the time

According to Sveriges Television (SVT), however, Johansson's comments came only after he had consulted with Juholt's staff about the Social Democrats' position on the issue.

“That's how it was. They had called Håkan's staff and he (Morgan Johansson) received a directive from Håkan's staff to not say no to the proposal,” Social Democrat MP Maryam Yazdanfar told Dagens Arena, a left-leaning internet news site, following an internal party meeting on Tuesday during which the matter was discussed.

Yazdanfar said she was “shocked” to learn that Juholt's aides refrained from immediately rejecting the proposal.

“To not be clear and accurate on such a principal issue; I find that very problematic,” she said.

By the end of the day on Friday, after the proposal had been roundly criticised by prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt as well as prominent Social Democrats, both Juholt and Johansson distanced themselves from Reepalu's suggested solution.

Mariam Osman Sherifay, a member of the party's governing board who on Friday called Reepalu's proposal “pure racism” has now demanded clarity in what led Johansson to initially issue statements indicating the party backed the proposal.

“I learned of this through the media and therefore I want to know exactly what the proposal was and who supported it. Regardless of who supported it, that person is alone,” she told TT on Wednesday.

“This isn't something that was discussed by the party board or is included in our programme or has been taken up in a party congress.”

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Juholt on Wednesday denied that he instructed Johansson to not reject the proposal.

“He really didn't receive any instructions from me to give that impression, therefore I really don't believe it. That's not they way we're going to fix serious gang crime,” Juholt said on Wednesday.

When asked whether or not anyone on his staff gave Johansson such instructions, Juholt replied:

“I state that Morgan Johansson quite quickly after his statements corrected himself. I think that's a good thing.”

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

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Your comments about this article

18:57 October 12, 2011 by lovedealer76
wow! there are still some reasonable swedes left in sweden after all
20:16 October 12, 2011 by Tysknaden
But Juholts citizenship is a problem, too.
21:00 October 12, 2011 by Abe L
Why not introduce the american three-strikes-law, have them commit three crimes and lock them up for life. And lock them up for life the first time they commit a serious crime. Problem solved.

Really don't get why it's so hard to solve a problem like this. The proposed means won't solve the problem.
22:59 October 12, 2011 by rise
People whom are coming to Sweden living in gangs and being so bloody tough and cool with their gangsta way of life, only shows that they have no interest in our society and the citizens within it. Therefore the society shouldn't show them any other interest but sending them the **** out of here! Here are enough losers and petty criminals already - Sweden has no need of importing even more.
23:09 October 12, 2011 by ajs42548
Why is it racism to get rid of criminals?
00:17 October 13, 2011 by skumdum

Because this is Sweden. Everything is racism.
00:28 October 13, 2011 by Harry®
Very rare to find anyone in Malmo that speaks Swedish OR English today!

Too little too late
00:43 October 13, 2011 by Smile123
Treat every criminals individually!

As an immigrant in Sweden, I do work and pay taxes, Many of immigrants I know non of them are criminals, They live a peaceful live in Sweden. If one immigrant is making crime then labeling all immigrants is unwise.

If you guys support such a law then it would affect on immigrants who are serving for Sweden.

Please treat criminal harder , Hang the raper! or send them to jail for 30 years. if someone steal send them to jail for 15 years, Not to send a killer 2 years and rapers 3 years, for criminal Swedish jails are better than home and they feel like they are going picnic.

I would be happy for Sweden to DEPORT any serious criminals. Small criminals like Stealing money should get hard punishment, but you find small criminals even working as party leaders.

Many criminals are European union citizens which they can freely travel, because they have EU-Member passport.

How you deal with them? BUT again, Do not brush everyone with same labels, treat every criminals individually.
05:19 October 13, 2011 by calebian22
When politicians dismiss ideas like this immediately without thinking, they only create more Sweden Democrats. Thank you!
07:38 October 13, 2011 by rise
@ skumdum, calebian22

I agree. Firstly the word "racist/racism" is being misused to the point of ridiculously. And secondly the politicians still don't seem to get it; people needs to be able to talk about immigrants without immediately being disarmed by someone using the word "racist" (which is only benefiting SD even more).
09:57 October 13, 2011 by dreddie
I'm not sure if this was just lost in translation, but seriously? Do those people know what racism even means anymore? Since this proposal would apply equally to, for example, foreigners of Swedish ethnicity naturalizing from a different citizenship, e.g. Swedish Americans, it's racism against what race?
11:05 October 13, 2011 by andyron2
Pathetic to see people use Racism card even for constructive ideas.This idea is not even up for discussion by the politicians?? Oh you sons of guns!!!.
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