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Terror finance law not being used

Published torsdag 8 december 2016 kl 10.38
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The Security Service cites lack of evidence as why they have yet to pursue a case. Credit: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

The police and Security Service have yet to use a law which was introduced in 2014 to stop people funding terrorism from Sweden, Dagens Nyheter newspaper has reported.

The latest report from the police unit which investigates financial crime showed that banks had been reporting suspicious transfers, but the authorities had yet to follow through with criminal action.

Under the law, the police have the right to immediately freeze suspicious transactions for 48 hours. For that freezing of accounts to continue, prosecutors must initiate investigations.

The head of the police financial crimes unit, Angelica Wallmark, said there is a big difference between receiving information and having enough evidence to pursue action.

Indeed, the main reason given for the lack of action following a complaint is that it is difficult for the Security Service (Säpo) to take a case further based on the evidence it receives.

“It’s due to the fact we have not had enough facts to make it possible,” Säpo’s Anders Kassman told Dagens Nyheter.

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