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Prison service reviews travel policy

Published söndag 21 december 2014 kl 12.21
A luxury hotel in Dubai. Photo: Markus Alfredsson/Sveriges Radio
A luxury hotel in Dubai. Photo: Markus Alfredsson/Sveriges Radio

Officials at the Swedish Prison and Probation Service who have to travel back to Sweden after extraditions abroad will have to take the cheapest possible journey after the new year, Swedish Radio News reports.

The decision comes following a Swedish Radio documentary in October, which revealed that guards were staying at five-star hotels and flying business-class back to Sweden on all flights that were longer than three hours.

The general director of the prisons and probation service says that policy has now changed.

"That is something we will be clearer with in the future, that the whole of our organisation follows the travel policy for the civil service and the prison and probation service in particular", Nils Öberg tells Swedish Radio.

"If you are travelling within Europe then that means economy class, unless there are extremely good reasons for choosing something else. That would cover about 70 percent of the journeys we make, and then we have taken a large step towards harmonising our own rules with those of the rest of the civil service", he adds.

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