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Runaway drug smuggler caught after eight years

The Local · 29 Aug 2012, 16:25

Published: 29 Aug 2012 16:25 GMT+02:00

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The man, Saoud Rezgani, was sentenced to six years in prison back in 2003 after he was found guilty of smuggling almost 49 kilogrammes of cannabis into Sweden from Denmark.

Not long after entering prison, however, Rezgani complained to prison medical staff of stomach pains and later escaped from the country in connection with a visit to the doctor in 2004.

In his escape, he knocked down the two armed guards who had escorted him to the hospital and took off in a stolen grey Saab 9000, which was later found dumped in Norrtälje.

Rezgani, a Moroccan citizen, managed to evade an international man hunt that continued until late last month when police took him in Malaga on the Spanish coast.

"We have no details of the arrest, but an extradition process, which normally takes a month, has begun in the Spanish court," said Carolina Ekeus of the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) to the Expressen newspaper.

The man was on the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation’s Ikaros List, an official document listing Sweden’s most wanted men and women.

Rezgani will be handed over to Swedish police upon arrival in the country.

The actual escape is not punishable, according the Aftonbladet newspaper, but police will investigate whether Rezgani, a Moroccan national, committed any further crimes while on the run.

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17:38 August 29, 2012 by jostein
6 years in jail for bringing 49 kg cannabis to people that actively wish for it? Preposterous! If people want cannabis, let them buy it for their own money? Making drugs illegal is arrogance and abuse of power by moralists. Why are so many idiots incapable of staying out of other peoples business? In a fair world mr Saoud Rezgani would have been a respected businessman instead of a hunted criminal.
18:14 August 29, 2012 by canuk
whats the problem? hes going to be be put up in a hotel for 3 years and get off on good behaviour....
18:46 August 29, 2012 by Tiny Red Ant
8 years on the run. Hmm. Let us see how long Another can lasst.
18:50 August 29, 2012 by Garry Jones
I wonder how near the Ecuadorian Embassy is to where he is being held? Maybe he can make a run for it?
19:13 August 29, 2012 by johan rebel
The Local published picture and name of a convict? What is the world coming to?
19:43 August 29, 2012 by blursd
Didn't the guy who punched an old lady in the face over a parking spot that ended up killing her get two years. This guy brings pot into the country and he gets 6 years ...?

Anyone else see something wrong with this picture?
20:30 August 29, 2012 by Rod Munch
Agreed with Jostein and Blursd- Ahmed Akileh murders a 78-year old woman and gets 1 and a half years. This guy gets 6 years in jail. HELLO!!!!
20:53 August 29, 2012 by engagebrain
Deaths from cannabis - 0

Deaths from alcohol - loads

Insane driving plus killing a cyclist in Malmo, 3 years

Cannabis smuggling 6 years

Swedish justice is irrational
22:04 August 29, 2012 by Swedishmyth
Armed robbery - 40 hours of community service

DUI resulting in death of innocent - 1 year

Smuggling cannabis - 6 years

Sweden is more religious than Iran when it comes to drugs.
22:15 August 29, 2012 by Flygger
A clear message has to be sent down from the courts for these criminals dealing in drugs. Only cannabis ?? Not harmful ?? I think there are a few posters out there in denial..

Wish the sentence could have been longer.

I also wish sentences could be longer for drunk drivers and just about every other type of criminal activity that some morons deem to be "acceptable" just because the immediate effect on the victim is not readily noticeable.

Wonder if anyone is dumb enough to spark a debate or rip me for my views..
02:35 August 30, 2012 by ctinej
Rip Rip Rip. Pot should be legal. think of the money spent looking for this guy for 8 years.

Many thinks to the LOcal for showing his picuture and name. Although I dont think pot should be legel, it is still a crime, the guy knows it was a crime and he is another Immigrant, which are 85% of the crime.

No need to deport him, He'll go on his own, like he did the first time. he was only trying to bring smiles to the swedish youth high on pot, and to save the Swedish govt lots of money by NOT staying in their jails.
03:05 August 30, 2012 by engagebrain
Flygger - cannabis is harmful to adults, any actual scientific evidence ?

There is no doubt that alcohol and tobacco pose real health risks but they are legal and we accept that users make an informed choice. Why the double standard with cannabis.
03:44 August 30, 2012 by Marc the Texan
The drug war is a complete waste of government resources. Why pursue someone like this? He left the country and eventually all these drugs will be legalized. It's only a matter of time. Criminal justice resources could be better spent.
04:45 August 30, 2012 by jostein
22:15 August 29, 2012 by Flygger

Wether its harmful or not is not the issue. It is volontary. Adults CHOOSE to use this drug. Adults have a right to choose.

Consider, an adult have the right to use political power throught the ballot box. How can you at the same time conclude that the same adult does not have the right to choose how to entertain his or her own brain in his or her free time for his or her own money?
07:43 August 30, 2012 by Cephalectomy
#9 fyi iran actually has death penalty on drug smuggling
10:50 August 30, 2012 by robban70226
The actual escape is not punishable??? well well try again...
20:07 August 30, 2012 by bcterry
A few facts.

" Smoking cannabis is no less harmful than smoking cigarettes. The cannabis leaf contains the same properties as tobacco and a fresh cannabis smoke can contain as much tar as twenty cigarettes. Tar is associated with cancers of the mouth, throat and lung in cigarette smokers. In pipe smokers tar is associated with cancer of the lips, gums and throat. With those who chew tobacco, tar is particularly associated with cancers of the jaw and gums.

Regular smokers of cannabis also risk the same problems of heart disease, cancer, respiratory and circulatory problems as any tobacco smoker. High use cannabis smokers often develop blood-shot eyes, caused by the dilation of blood vessels. There may also be an increased risk of mental health problems with users who have a family history of psychosis."
08:57 August 31, 2012 by Rod Munch
Cannabis should be legal. But this guy should be deported anyways.
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