Swedes Won't Extradite Neo-Nazi

Sweden refuses to extradite a Danish neo-Nazi, saying that he has not committed any crime under Swedish law.

Nissan Ratzlav-Katz , | updated: 2:10 PM

Danish neo-Nazis at a protest
Danish neo-Nazis at a protest
Israel News Photo: (file)

A Danish neo-Nazi living in Sweden charged in Germany with distributing Australian White Power materials is indicative of the globalization of racist movements. Sweden refuses to extradite the man, saying that he has not committed any crime under Swedish law.

According to The Local, a Swedish English-language news website, German law enforcement is investigating a distribution chain for neo-Nazi, racist and Holocaust-denial materials. German laws treat the distribution of such material in its borders as a prosecutable crime and have sought to apprehend the operators of the chain living in Sweden and Denmark.

The Swedish report further noted that the use of symbols such as the swastika and denial of the Holocaust, crimes in Germany, are legal in Sweden. The distribution of the material to German recipients took place from Sweden, justice officials noted, where it is not a crime. "Furthermore the hate crimes included in the charge list are barred by the statute of limitations," The Local explained.

In contrast, in October Denmark approved the extradition of two leading neo-Nazis sought for related crimes in Germany. Danish legal authorities are also assisting in the prosecution of the two men, one a citizen of Germany and the other a Dane. German prosecutors allege the pair distributed neo-Nazi and White Power music in Germany through a Denmark-based record label, Celtic Moon.