Sweden arrests person suspected of spying on refugees

Police organize a line of refugees on the stairway leading up from trains arriving at the Hyllie train station in Sweden. A person has been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees who fled to Sweden. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 February 2019
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Sweden arrests person suspected of spying on refugees

  • In June, a 49-year old Tibetan man was found guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden
  • A court sentenced him to 22 months in jail

COPENHAGEN: The Swedish domestic security agency says a person has been arrested on suspicion of spying on refugees who fled to Sweden.
The agency, known as SAPO, said Thursday the unidentified person was arrested a day earlier, adding it had been working on the case “for a long time.”
SAPO said the espionage is a way “of trying to prevent refugees from expressing criticism of the regime in the country they have fled,” adding the agency “conducts active work to prevent and counteract the spying on refugees that occurs in Sweden.”
In June, a 49-year old Tibetan man was found guilty of spying for China by gathering information on Tibetans who had fled to Sweden. A court sentenced him to 22 months in jail.


Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

Updated 22 March 2019
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Hungary detains Syrian Daesh member accused of killings: prosecutors

  • Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh
  • Prior to being detained, the man was already awaiting deportation to Greece

BUDAPEST: Hungarian authorities have detained a Syrian man on Friday accused of taking part in beheadings in Syria as a member of Daesh, Budapest prosecutors said in a statement.
The man, not identified in the statement, is suspected of executing about 20 people in 2016, all family members of a person in Homs city who refused to join Daesh, the prosecutors said.
The statement said the man, prior to being detained, was already awaiting deportation to Greece.
He had been caught with forged documents in Budapest's main airport on Dec. 30 last year, given a suspended prison sentence for human trafficking and other crimes, and ordered expelled from Hungary.
Eurojust, the European agency that oversees judicial co-operation in crime investigations, working with Belgian and Hungarian authorities, found evidence later that he was a member of Daesh, the prosecutors said.