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New names on Sweden’s ‘most wanted’ list

The Local · 23 Apr 2012, 16:54

Published: 23 Apr 2012 16:54 GMT+02:00

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“We are completely dependent on colleagues in other countries,” said Bertil Olofsson at the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, NBV, (Rikskriminalen) to newspaper Sydsvenskan.

Close to 300 people, most of them men, are currently wanted for different crimes committed in Sweden.

The prosecutors, who have issued a warrant for their arrest, can do nothing else than wait and hope that they will be found by authorities in the countries they are hiding.

“The arm of the law is long and generally in the end it gets there,” said Lars Morand at the Malmö prosecution chamber to the paper.

A few years ago, in order to make the search easier, the NBV created the "most wanted" list, known as the Ikaros list, an official document listing Sweden’s most wanted men and women.

“The idea behind the list is to make clear that there are people who should not be at large and to receive help from the general public to find them,” Olofsson told the paper.

The Local wrote in November about a Malmö resident suspected of murdering a 31-year-old gang leader in an office belonging to a taxi company.

According to Sydsvenskan, the man is believed to be at large abroad but despite the police having clear indications as to his whereabouts, they have not managed to get him arrested and extradited.

Apart from the Malmö resident, the newest name on the list is a 64-year-old man from southern Sweden, wanted for a series of arsons.

His last known whereabouts were when he was spotted driving over the Öresund Bridge, connecting Sweden to Denmark, and his car was later found in Italy, according to the paper.

However, to search for wanted criminals abroad is generally a lengthy process and criminals with the right connections and access to money can keep under the radar for long periods of time.

This is especially the case if they are in hiding in countries that lack an extradition agreement with Sweden, according to Olofsson.

“Sooner or later most are apprehended but in order to be successful we need help,” he said.

Olofsson told Sydsvenskan that he thinks that the international cooperation could improve in future with more criminals being extradited to Sweden.

”Today we are about thirty countries that actively have a special group to deal with those wanted internationally. It is a cooperation which develops year by year. Over time, it should get harder to keep hidden,” he told the paper.

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According to new figures from the NBV for 2011, 94 people were arrested abroad after warrants having been filed for their arrests in Sweden, while 181 people wanted in other countries were arrested in Sweden during the same period of time.

For 2010 the corresponding figures were 77 and 141. In total this is an increase of about 25 percent.

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Your comments about this article

18:30 April 23, 2012 by nar klockan klamtar
Yes, help is certainly needed, but, in somehow healing the fevered brains of the crackpots who invited them here in the first place.
19:12 April 23, 2012 by jan.petras
Where can we see this list? It's supposed to be public.
20:34 April 23, 2012 by johan rebel
How can you write a whole article about new names on the most wanted list without actually mentioning the names???
20:48 April 23, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Hmmm, I wonder why The Local hasn't listed any of the names? Could it be because none are ethnic Swedes and therefore it would be politically incorrect to mention any refugee name?
22:29 April 23, 2012 by Dazzler
The top 15 was released on efterlyst's webpage...At least 2 "real" Swedes made the top 15! YAY!
22:48 April 23, 2012 by maxbrando
When you Swedes start cooperating with others about wanted criminals, instead of whining of the rights of the accused in other places, you might get some help. Until then, go suck eggs.
08:24 April 24, 2012 by Douglas Garner
Still have not found a full list, but this is a little better!

08:24 April 24, 2012 by bourgeoisieboheme
#3 is spot on, enough of this PC BS, either report on facts or don't report at all. period.
14:32 April 24, 2012 by Scambaiter
Silly girls...even in the cyberworld a SUSPECT is innocent until proven guilty.

The names of suspects are not allowed to be publicized in any country. This has nothing to with ethnic origins.

By the way, some of the most notorious Swedish criminals in history have done a runner abroad, including Jonas Oredsson, "bankmannen" and a whole host of others.
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