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No holding space for arrested asylum seekers

Published tisdag 25 januari 2011 kl 13.38
Police chief Lars Klevensparr .Photo:Björn Larsson/Scanpix

A top ranking police official in Sweden's second city of Gothenburg says the service there is struggling to cope with the number of failed asylum detainees who are waiting to be deported and who for whatever reason cannot be held by immigration services and are passed on to the police.

Lars Klevensparr, who is the chief of police in Gotheburg , told public service radio news Ekot that they are currently holding one man, who is a suicide risk and has been there for 25 days.

He says that since last autumn, ten people from the Migration Board's reception centre have been held on arrest by Gothenburg police.

He's now contemplating bringing in the Justice Ombudsman to look at a situation he believes is unacceptable.

"It is me who is answerable for this. I am just waiting for something to go really wrong. I have spoken to the Prison and Probation Service and the Migration board and noone wants to take responsibility for this. There will surely come a day when someone takes their own life or is critically injured," Lars Klevensparr said.

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