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Sweden Democrats sue parliament

TT/The Local/pvs · 30 Nov 2011, 08:36

Published: 30 Nov 2011 08:36 GMT+01:00

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"Every krona which we consider we have the right to is important," said Mikael Valtersson at the Sweden Democrats to the Expressen daily.

The party has now filed a complaint with the administrative court (förvaltningsrätten) in Stockholm to claim the 52,800 kronor per month received for William Petzäll's seat.

William Petzäll announced in late September that he had decided to leave the party and remain in the Riksdag as an independent.

The 23-year-old explained his decision that he planned to use his seat in the Riksdag to "push my pet issue and increase awareness. To develop more concrete measures to help young alcoholics and drug addicts."

Petzäll was forced to take time out from politics in February after he turned up at a party in Trelleborg drunk and disorderly, later spending the night in a police jail cell to sober up.

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After failing to adhere to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme the party hierarchy called on Petzäll to resign his seat and step aside. The young MP refused.

According to senior party member Erik Almqvist, Petzäll demanded up to 3 million kronor from the party as his price for vacating his seat. A demand that the party refused to agree to.

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Your comments about this article

10:06 November 30, 2011 by Abang Beruang
O my god! My heard earned tax money goes to drug addicts and alcoholic to let them sit and rule us! When will we learn? I am flabbergasted to hear the salary that they receive. No wonder, many "retards" want to be politicians these days.
10:07 November 30, 2011 by axiom
3 million crowns, even democracy has a price :D
10:43 November 30, 2011 by Puffin
@ Abang Beruang

and yet statistically speaking Swedish MPs are amount the worst paid - based on a study of 15 countries - only Estonian MPs got less than the Swedes

The big money comes from being a representative in



15:53 November 30, 2011 by Svensksmith
You can buy a lot of booze for 52,800 SEK per month.
17:25 November 30, 2011 by Abang Beruang
@Puffin, I am happy to pay the useful ones, not the ones like William Petzäll. Probably, this is a by product of dirty politics, which none of us can do anything about :(.. Anyway, good riddance, Petzäll!!
17:27 December 2, 2011 by SuperTulle
They're suing parliament for not paying them for an MP that's no longer theirs.

In other news, I'm suing my former job for not paying me since I was fired!
20:27 December 16, 2011 by mbss
It used to be more common, for a few nice times in our history, that we in Sweden did not have to create laws to protect ourselves from behaviour that we simply didn't even think about. To hold a seat in government is a privilege, and one worth the tax payers' money to pay for. But if someone cannot hold that seat responsibly, (and if a party cannot be careful about those it recommends and elects to the seat), then it should not have compensation for days, months, or years lost by a vacancy. Perhaps, sadly, it is time for a new ruling.
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