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Swedish woman arrested in India with live bullet

TT/Rebecca Martin · 3 Jan 2012, 07:29

Published: 03 Jan 2012 07:29 GMT+01:00

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“We are working hard to get her free. We are hoping we will be successful as soon as possible,” said Philip Simon, press secretary with the Swedish Armed Forces to daily Expressen.

According to the paper, the Swedish woman works with logistics for the Swedish army, but was arrested by security at the Dabolim airport in Goa while on holiday, after a live bullet showed up in the security check of her luggage.

"Whether she had a license to carry the ammunition is under inquiry," a police official said to local paper The India Times.

In interrogation, the woman explained to Indian officials that she was a trained weapons instructor in the Swedish army but that she had “no idea” how the live bullet came to be in her bag.

The Swedish army is treating the matter very seriously and have lodged an official request that the Swedish woman be released.

"As her employers, we have sent down documentation proving that she is trained and licensed to handle ammunition. However, she is in India for private reasons and is not on a mission requiring her to carry bullets," said Pia Sandstedt of the Swedish Army Logistics Unit to news agency TT.

The woman was taken to the local police by the Indian security services, where she is being held pending current investigations.

"She is of course very upset but under the circumstances she is doing fine," Sandstedt said.

She didn't have an answer as to why the the woman, who is also active in the home guard, was doing with live ammunition in her luggage. Neither can she say what consequences this may have for her in India.

Indian officials say they want to find out where she has visited and with whom she has been staying while in the country.

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The Swedish army treats offences and weapons transgressions committed by their employees as very serious.

“Of course it isn’t a good thing to carry ammunition when you are travelling. We will speak with her when she returns home,” Simon said to Expressen.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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08:29 January 3, 2012 by robban70226
''We are working hard to get her free''??? She violated the Law, She should pay the consequences.. simple Laws also apply to Swedes that violate the law or??
08:35 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
sounds more like the Indian government make a big drama about very little. The chances are it was some how in her bag after a military exercise in Sweden, but it raises two questions;

a. How come the round was not discovered when she flew out of Sweden?

b. How come she didn't find the round at the end of which ever exercise or range day she was involved in, in the first place?

These things do happen quite often, but the round doesn't usually find its way from military to civilian clothing.
09:18 January 3, 2012 by vijinho
No matter from which country you come from, if you travel to and then break the law in another country, you must be prepared to suffer the consequences. If you don't like the system ot justice in a country, don't travel there if you can help it.
09:32 January 3, 2012 by HYBRED
One live bullet? I wonder if she is related to Barney Fife?
09:50 January 3, 2012 by johan rebel
Howcome crown princess Victoria never gets arrested at airports? Looks like she's got a bullet in her chin.
09:54 January 3, 2012 by RobinHood
I don't think anyone has suggested the woman should not be subject to Indian law, take a powder Robban and Vijinho.

I suspect someone in the notoriously corrupt Indian customs service, in this notoriously corrupt province, of this notoriously corrupt country, is looking for a way to make a buck out of this unfortunate soldier.
10:00 January 3, 2012 by bolababu
Swedes need to get off their high-horse! ..everytime a Swede breaks the law abroad, the foreign department only talks about getting them free, what would have happened if a middle-eastern had a live bullet with him at Arlanda? ..it would have been terrorism or?
10:08 January 3, 2012 by jonathanjames61
The bullet might be a souvenir, ,just let her go,after all she is in the army.
10:15 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
all will be reveal in time, the calibre and batch number make it entirely traceable, so the truth can't be hidden. Unless of course the Indian customs service choose not to disclose it and the Swedish embassy just accepts her release in return for not bad mouthing the Indian customs workers.
10:34 January 3, 2012 by Kevin Harris
Her cunning plan almost succeeded. But she forgot one small thing.
11:14 January 3, 2012 by ronneby
@Skogsbo: You seem to be living in the wild.. as your name suggests.

Do you think this is a drama?? Like the nurse who received a call about a dying man and responding"Shut up.. you must be kidding..you still can talk to me..you dont need an ambulance"

Having a bullet in the baggage is not a crime in Sweden or??

@@Robinhood Which country are you from??

Are you from Sweden?? Sweden is no legitimate country..it's just better than India in some ways but not perfect or atleast not to the level to support your comments against India..do you need any examples??(Julholt,Johan_af_donner Redcross,US pressure over sweden to convict piratebay in an unofficial way..directly dealing with the swedish parliament )..
11:26 January 3, 2012 by RobinHood

None of your business.

According to the corruption Perception Index published by Transparency International, Sweden is the fourth most honest country in the world. India is the 95th in joint place with Albania, the most corrupt country in Europe. Of course, maybe you are right and Transparency International is wrong. Or maybe, you just don't know what you are talking about.
11:27 January 3, 2012 by futureishere
Comments on thelocal make me lose faith in humanity!
11:36 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
ronneby, nope living in the real world, yes in the country, but globally experienced. As someone who is ex military, I have a pretty good idea to say the least of how events like this can transpire, how they are traceable and solveable. But, also on my travels I have discovered that some nations are not as honest and open as you or I (presumption on your part there). I have openly given bribes in south america and changed dollars for local currency on street corners, beyond the cosy confines of your world, the real world exists and it's not that pleasant at times.

In some less friendly parts of the world, with less than friendly government employees, it is entirely possible that a round could be planted on someone's baggage and then the staff expect either bribes or favours to solve the problem.

However in this case it is most likely an error on her part, or perhaps she even borrowed the bag off a work mate before travelling. If the round is related to her work, then it got past Swedish security on the way out of country a week or two ago, which will be egg on their face. As all security areas are filmed, they will be able to trace who was looking at the monitor when her bag went through - Ooops!
11:58 January 3, 2012 by salil
I think custom officials are corrupt for indian residents only, they cannot be corrupt with foreign nationals as this is the area where there

is restrictions because of the profitable tourism business particularly the place like Goa.Swedish lady is innocent for sure but no one can leave her alone

her without knowing the exact reason as from where the arms coming from. Definitely it will avoid problems to tourist who are visiting India in future.
12:00 January 3, 2012 by ronneby

It has become my business when you responded to comments made by other readers.. shame on you who couldnot withstand a single question or perhaps you come from a country you feel ashamed to write here..
12:19 January 3, 2012 by Swedishmyth
There is no such thing as a "live bullet". A bullet by itself is inert, but a cartridge (or round) can be described as "live" if the primer and powder charges are present.
13:34 January 3, 2012 by asifbit

"I think custom officials are corrupt for indian residents only, they cannot be corrupt with foreign nationals"

What the hell you are saying? How it is possible? If it is the case then India is the worst county on this earth. How a country could do this?
13:49 January 3, 2012 by salil
Its not country who does this ,its the system and it happens in other countries as well ,you just need to travel those countries that is why you will notice that why some foreign nationals go away very easily after comitting the crime in countries like India.

@asifbit anyway you will be foreigner so wont have any problem there enjoy :)
14:55 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
I bet the UK & US security agencies are taking the most interest, in case it highlights poor screening of outbound Swedish flights, meaning Swedish is a soft touch and a potential terrorist route to more high profile targets.
15:47 January 3, 2012 by Santanu Dey
Sorry, but being an Indian I have to comment on this..

In India the government officials are indeed corrupt to some extent....

But the security in India is not handled by the normal Airport Authority officials...

It is provided by CISF which is an off-shoot branch of the Indian Army and I am sure that they are really honest....

If this case was with possesion of dutiable goods or something, which is done by the somewhat corrupt AAI officials, then it is accepted about the corruption, but this is done by the Army men at the security checks..... this is a very very serious crime iin India as there are always threats of terrorism from some crazy nutjobs of "beloved" neighbours....
16:16 January 3, 2012 by glenquagmaire
What has this thing to do with a country being corrupt or not....

If she has broken a law she has to face the consequences.... being in Swedish military does not mean all other country are her backyard and thier laws silly.... and if she is innocent she should fight it....
17:36 January 3, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
To all the people here who think she broke the law and should be punished according to Indian law:

Can you provide one example why someone who works so often with firearms, and has infinite access to bullets in Sweden, would suddenly get sentimental about one particular bullet and say to herself, 'I am so in love with this bullet. I know I am not allowed to bring it through security, but I think I will take that risk'.

Unless another person on her flight had a gun with no bullet, and they were planning to meet in the bathroom and load that bullet onto a gun, then she posed no danger. Based on the information given here, this clearly appears to be an embarrassing accident on her part, and it should be treated that way, with at most a fine to remind here to be more careful when packing her luggage next time.

Those who like conspirary theories can agree with another poster that this could be a form of extortion for a small bribe, or it could also be an estranged romantic partner who is trying to make her life miserable. All these scenarios still imply her basic innocence of ill intent.
17:46 January 3, 2012 by Grokh
maybe shes just a moron who when packing her clothes accidently dropped something

or she is a hired assassin which one is more plausible ? lol
18:46 January 3, 2012 by Exiled
The worrying thing about this story is the lack of control over live ammunition by the army, How many more live rounds are unaccounted for every year?
19:32 January 3, 2012 by knonwhite
For the information of people who are commenting about corruption. Do you guys even know what is the duty of a Customs officer??? In India airport security is handled directly by a branch of army. It is very strict in such sections due to frequent terrorist threats. If this news is true, she is going to get screwed. It is a big offence in India. Even I doubt she had some link with terrorist groups. Otherwise why it was not discovered in Swedish airport? Don't bark only when immigrants do crime. Are white people so holy????
20:02 January 3, 2012 by white_man
Bullets are very small and can easily be overlooked when packing and unpacking them. Army people potentially handle thousands of rounds annually. Sometimes civilians do too. A lone bullet in a luggage bag is not a cause for concern.

Her explanation was plausible, and a phonecall to the Swedish Defence attache should have cleared the matter up quickly. Its the Indians who look like amateurs.
20:17 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
some folk do get carried away, for this to be serious there needs to be some intent on her part, it is almost certainly a mistake and shouldn't have even made the press in India, let alone around the world.

Knonwhite, lets not pretend the Indian army is beyond corruption.
20:27 January 3, 2012 by knonwhite
As per reports from Indian news paper, "Ms XXX(I dont want to disclose the name),36, was boarding Indigo flight to Mumbai when a live 5.56 mm catridge was found in her hand baggage during the security check. She was booked under the Indian Arms Act and taken to the Vasco police station. She will be produced before a court for her remand hearing today. Deputy Superintendent of Police said that the Swedish embassy had not contacted the state authorities about her arrest yet. She had arrived in India on December 23." Do you still think some Indian officer opened her hand baggage and inserted the cartridge to get bribe??
21:11 January 3, 2012 by skogsbo
I'm not saying that the round was definitely planted, what I was saying is that the Indian Army is not beyond corruption (I will repeated the same wording as above, if it helps you.)

Either way it was clearly an error on her part, that hasn't been picked up in Sweden when she left. Plus if it was linked to any terrorist actions, the round would almost certainly be 7.62
21:32 January 3, 2012 by knonwhite
Ok I agree... But if it was a mistake, why the Swedish airport security check machine didn't find it. It is a big issue then. What security Sweden offer to its travelers?? Again another shooting incident in Malmo. But still some people think these types of ignorance is ok. Also what was Swedish embassy personals doing? Are they sleeping? If they had contacted the police on time, she would have been saved. Now case is registered and it will go to court. Indian court proceedings is very slow. I really feel sorry for that women, if she did it by mistake. Even if she gets bail, she may have to stay in India till the proceedings finish. Her ignorance is going to cause her a big problem. How can people working in military, act so irresponsible?
21:35 January 3, 2012 by Slash
guys be at peace..no country in this world will let go a person with live bullet of whatever just because she tells I have no idea how did it land in my bag..let them investigate the matter..even I hope that she comes out clean and I googled the original news.here it is

"Panaji, Jan 3 (PTI) A 36-year-old female arms instructor of the Swedish Army, was arrested from Goa airport after a live bullet was found in her luggage when she was trying to board a flight, sources said today. Various intelligence agencies are interrogating Christina Hardinz, who was arrested yesterday while trying to board a flight after a live 5.56 mm bullet was found in her hand bag during the security check at the airport, they said. According to sources, the agencies like the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) have also recorded Hardinz's statement in this regard. The local police have already moved to the court to seek the custodial interrogation of the woman who has claimed innocence. "She (Hardinz) has been repeating that she does not know how the cartridge got into her luggage," a senior official said. Hardinz had arrived in Goa on December 23 and celebrated Christmas and New Year here. Police are investigating as to with whom she was staying and verifying her activities in Goa during the stay. PTI RPS NSK "
07:33 January 4, 2012 by skogsbo
sounds like the Indians are using it as a bit of show, "look at how thorough our security is etc..".. meanwhile on the mainland border..!!
07:55 January 4, 2012 by ffa11
All the talk about corruption and racism. Most likely indian authoties happened to discover something their Swedish counterparts didn't. India having more terrorism and all.

What makes a women go to India with ONE bullet, a perfect terrorist-assasin who only need one bullet?
08:13 January 4, 2012 by knonwhite
Yesterday one man was killed in Malmo by shooting. Still you think carrying "ONE" bullet is ok?? Instead of blaming Indian officials for doing their duty, do an investigation in Sweden to know how she carried it out of Sweden. Don't tell Swedish machine was not able to detect the catridge during security check, but an Indian machine detected it. It will be biggest joke of 2012.. The main problem in Malmo and other parts of Sweden is this kind of silly attitude towards these kind of issues.. You will learn only when some thing big happens here..
09:40 January 4, 2012 by alexxa
What I am wondering is, if it ended up in her handbag by mistake already in Sweden, why didn't she notice it yet? She has had to pack that bag already twice and probably has been using it a few times during her trip. Although, being a woman, I have to admit that the content of our handbags can be quite elusive at times ;): http://9gag.com/gag/412278
10:07 January 4, 2012 by knonwhite
@skogsbo First you told it is some scam by Indian official, now Show off, what is next??

Mumbai 2008 terrorist attack which took the lives of 168 people was planned by David Headley a US citizen. He visited India with tourist visa and took photographs of strategic points and made the complete route map for the attack. Can anyone of you blaming Indian authorities give 100% assurance that she did it by mistake?
11:25 January 4, 2012 by skogsbo
I would imagine that David Headley didn't carry a live round on him when he made his recce! Plus, lets look at the fact here, is it more likely a mistake or an part of some master plan? Perhaps the Indian authorities need to tailor their responses to match the particular incident? Can you name any white women of western origin either convicted, suspected or allegedly involved in a terrorist attack against India? Whilst many will claim victimisation, profiling is key to targeting valuable assets and time at more likely terror sources.
12:19 January 4, 2012 by knonwhite
@skogsbo What about the guy from Kosovo who opened fire in German airport? Have you ever read the news about Germans being arrested in Pakistan when they went for terrorist training? Don't think all white people are innocent. Have you ever heard of "Love Jihad"? Also how officials in India can

judge whether she is actually from Sweden or other eastern european countries? Do you guys even know 1 live bullet with a gun is enough to hijack a plane or create panic. Unfortunately we have lot of bitter experiences. If some thing worst happens in the plane, then also you will blame these security officials. Any way we didn't ask her to remove clothes like in US airport. We have

every right to suspect anyone who try to board a plane with live bullet. We have lot of problems in India like terrorism, corruption etc..Even under lot of such harsh circumstances our army and security forces are doing a good job. So we have every right to defend their actions. With due respect to fellow Swedes, We are not forcing anyone to visit India. Only people who are ready to face such situations and abide by the laws of land needs to come. Any way we are not executing laws based on skin color like other places..
12:43 January 4, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
@ skogsbo

Agree with most people here that it was almost certainly a simple mistake on her part, so a fine rather than jail time would be appropriate.

As for profiling, and your request to name a white woman terrorist, do not forget blond and blue eyed American Jihad Jane, who tried to kill Lars Vilks, among others, in the name of Jihad:


Many emotionally flawed idiots or vulnerable individuals (for example child suicide bombers) can be convinced, or convince themselves, to die in a hail of gunfire or explode themselves into street pizza to promote some idiotic ideology about things as trivial as cartoons. Hair colour, eye colour, age and sex are not a predictor of innocence.
12:47 January 4, 2012 by skogsbo
know... I said any incidents of a white WOMAN of western origin, not a man. Please read detail before ranting.

India does not have a monopoly on terrorist incidents so you don't need to preach to anyone in the west about why you are justifying targetting such a woman as a potential terrorist.

You might not be forcing folk to visit, but without tourist income many of those tourist areas have no other sources of revenue. It pays to be professional and measured with those who bring income to you. I do believe she needs to be held, but after about 2 hours research of the round, you would know the source, manufacturer and where it's be stored if it was a military round or not. Problem solved, diplomatic drama over before it's started.
12:54 January 4, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
Jihad Jane is a WOMAN. Read the article.
13:35 January 4, 2012 by knonwhite
@skogsbo we know very well that terrorism don't have any borders or skin color. That is the reason for this kind of precaution. What terrorism you have in Sweden other than that stockholm bombing. Don't teach us what terrorism is. We are one of the biggest victims of that. If a terrorist attack happens the same tourists will stop coming to these places. So which is better to take precaution or to wait for some thing to happen.

I am not saying that woman did it deliberately, I told all these just because of your attitude to insult Indian officials. First you told it by saying it is scam to get bribe, then show off... Also please note the response from the police in this matter. The "SWEDISH EMBASSY" didn't contact them yet. So there is no pointing in arguing that the police did some thing wrong. It is the duty of embassy to take care of its citizens. Don't blame us for the mistakes done by Swedes.
15:21 January 4, 2012 by Roy E
This is absurd. The threat of throwing a 'bullet' at someone hardly constitutes a threat, let alone terrorism.

Just another example of mankind's divorce form common sense.
20:29 January 4, 2012 by L.A.
@ Robin Hood

Indian officials are not corrupt!!

It may have been Santa Claus to put the bullet in her bag!!!

Seriously... i see only two reasons for the bullet to have ended into her luggage:

1) She wanted a souvenir and find the bullet somewhere and wanted to bring it home being a professional in the field (by the way... what kind of bullet it is?? May as well be a .303 Brit or similar...)

2) Someone tryed to play dirty to make some money or just a stupid joke.

Personally i find more realistic the first case: just apologize, pay a fine and get an end to it.

@ all the guys that have been so irritated... Are you serious or are you joking?
22:24 January 4, 2012 by knonwhite
Some one copied some of these comments and published in Indian news paper... :(


Hope your concerns will be taken into account soon...
00:34 January 5, 2012 by Snob
I am appalled at the seriousness accorded in an Indian newspaper to these juvenile deranged comments in this forum!! No wonder India is a third world country...unbelievable!!

Whats this fuss all about?? The Swedish authorities are in touch with the Indians and discussing the matter and will be resolved in case she is not guilty!! I mean its just that the airport officials have detained her and there have been no execution or sentences....

There is a clear procedure...

I can well imagine the kind of Swedish women visiting Goa on adventure leaving far more civilized tourist destinations in Europe....what do you expect??? Some of these exotic-seeker Swedes should learn their lesson....
09:38 January 5, 2012 by knonwhite
I don't think it is a mistake to publish some of the views expressed by some Swedes. It is the duty of the police and government officials to take into account others view also in this matter. The news paper did the right job by publishing the views of some Swedes in this regard. Stop blaming Indians for what ever they do...
14:36 January 5, 2012 by Snob
Some pathetic Swedes whom Swedish establishment does not even regard as significant and only inferior Indians will listen to!! Who the hell are these bloggers as far as knowledge of security is concerned and then the feminists will be up in arms since this is a Swedish woman!! Its tiring these fringe Swedish women travelling to Goa for adventure and we don't need such lefties back here....

I think Swedish establishment would make a mistake if they care to listen to bloggers for f's sake...since Sweden is committed to fighting global terror as well.

It would help Sweden to allow and cooperate with the Indian authorities in the investigation process as well!!
00:30 January 6, 2012 by Mai Bad
This case is sooo stupid. The woman has one bullet..no gun. She is locked up! (She's probably good looking and the army guys are having some "fun") Sikh men have an abundance of facial hair, soak their head hair in rancid butter under their turbans and by Indian Law are allowed to carry a KNIFE on their persons because it part of their religion. Also the Sikh men are probably less fun to search than a 36 year old Swedish woman. So, logically, whose more dangerous... the big smelly guy with the knife or the Swedish woman with one bullet and no gun?
14:31 January 6, 2012 by Snob
Swedish woman who travel to Goa are smelly, hairy exotic-seekers type and who knows the boys and men she would be with....and please this is not some prada bag channel perfumed ladies you meet in night clubs of Stockholm please....try some of the Swedes in Goa types,.....

I think the issue is about security and the Swedish authorities should encourage the procedure. This nordic dream of all Swedes being angels should be thrown into dustbins.

@Mai Bad

Can you assure me that this Swedish woman is not planning some attack on Sweden?? Lets not forget terror is global and Swedish people coordinating attacks will not help Sweden's cause anyway. I cant imagine why the entire Swedish establishment has to jump to here defense, cant we see what is happening in all these Nordic societies with fringe gunmen...
01:26 January 7, 2012 by ffa11

First, no I am not blaming Indian authorities for doing their job. I claimed Indian authorites found something the Swedish didn't, which _you_ said would be the biggest joke. I don't know much about airport security but they miss alot of things.

And why would one smuggle one bullet without a gun on airplane? If she can get a gun in India she should be able to get some bullets. Are weapons and ammo more easy to smuggle from Sweden by plane than to buy it in India?

Carrying one bullet is not ok, I never said that. But I find it unlikely that she did it deliberately to commit terrorism or something, her working in the armed forces and again they found no gun on her. I don't blame Indian authorites for investigating this. Neither do I blame the Swedish Army for believing in one of their employees and testyfing she is working such things as ammo.

Btw, all commenters, do we even know if this women is white?
10:42 January 7, 2012 by Snob
Well Sweden does not recruit darkskins in the military...they are welcome in low-paying jobs!!!
03:23 January 8, 2012 by ffa11
Huh didn't know the military was known for paying well.

(yes there are some immigrants and dark-skinned, language-knowledge is an asset)
19:29 January 8, 2012 by Snob
dark-skinned cooks and cleaners, miles away from shooting ranges....Just being funny....
18:29 February 3, 2012 by allenw
It is one of those things which could be nothing or it could be something big. Was the cartridge from Sweden or India. Does she have a motive or a grudge against India. Does she have a terrorist or criminal boy friend? Did they check her hands to check for recent firearms use. Did she really go where she said she was going while in India? Who did she see in India? It seems reasonable for the Indian authorities to hold her while she is being investigated. What happens next depends on what the Indian police discover and what an Indian judge rules in her case. Until then we have to accept her story of a misplaced round of ammunition.

After all people are considered innocent until proven guilty.
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