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Ex-Neo-Nazi Leader Denies Charges

Published fredag 12 februari 2010 kl 16.11
Polish police present the retrieved inscription

After his arrest over the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the former Auschwitz death camp the former Swedish neo-Nazi leader denies the charges against him, his lawyer said Friday. "His opinion is rather that he contributed to solving the issue. He has helped both Swedish and Polish police and Interpol with the investigation," Björn Sandin told the TT news agency.

Anders Högström was arrested in Stockholm on Thursday for "aggravated theft and damage, as well as illegal trade of a cultural good," court documents filed by the prosecutor on Friday showed. "He's had it hanging over him for a while now, that he was going to be arrested, so he is prepared. He feels uncomfortable about being judged in a Polish court rather than in a Swedish one," Sandin said. Högström has told Swedish media he was to act as an intermediary to pick up the sign and sell it to a buyer, but in the end he wound up informing Polish police about the people behind the plot, but the Polish police rejects that version.

He founded the National Socialist Front, a Swedish neo-Nazi movement, in 1994 and headed the party for five years before quitting with the help of the state-funded program “Exit”. The party was dissolved in 2008.

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