Crime

Costly legal error sees millions returned to convicted drug dealers

3:18 min
  • The Swedish state was forced to return some SEK13 million to convicted drug dealers, money they have made from selling drugs.

  • It stems from an expensive mistake when the criminal money was "converted" in the indictment from the crypto currency bitcoin into Swedish kroner, just before the currency's exchange rate skyrocketed.

  • "It is unfortunate. The lesson to learn from this is to keep the value in bitcoins," says public prosecutor Tove Kullberg.