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Poland Indicts Swede Over Sign

Published onsdag 13 januari 2010 kl 19.55
Police officers present parts of the retrieved inscription from the Auschwitz Birkenau entrance

Poland justice officials on Wednesday indicted a Swede who admitted taking part in the theft of the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the World War II Auschwitz death camp.

"We have indicted Anders H. with incitement to theft," spokeswoman for Krakow regional prosecutor Boguslawa Marcinkowskatold Poland's TVN24 news channel.

Polish prosecutors also requested a Polish court to order that the former Swedish neo-Nazi be provisionally detained for 14 days.

Prosecutors also demand that a Polish Court decide whether the man should be taken into custody so that a European warrant for his arrest can be issued.

Agneta Hilding Qvarnström at the International Public Prosecution Office in Sweden has been handling Poland’s request for legal assistance in the matter. However, being out of her office on Wednesday she hasn’t received such a warrant yet.

“But if the reports are true, I expect it will turn up. I am certain I will be informed, “said Agneta Hilding Qvarnström to Swedish news agency TT.

Swedish lawyer, Peter Althin, who has been in contact with the suspected Swede, told TT that he had heard nothing of these latest events.  

Police recovered the five-metre (16-foot) metal sign – which means "Work Will Set You Free" in German – on December 20 in northern Poland and arrested the five Polish men.

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