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MP found guilty of illegal drug use

Published onsdag 16 maj 2012 kl 15.19
A court in Varberg sentenced former Sweden Democrat William Petzäll with fines of $2,500. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

The MP and former Sweden Democrat William Petzäll was sentenced today with fines of nearly $2,500 dollars for illegal drug use.

A urine test taken in January showed that the MP was using three illegal drugs, among them morphine, that were not prescribed to him by his doctor.

Petzäll was kicked out of the Sweden Democrat party last summer, after he refused to give up his seat as an MP due to his addiction problems.

Earlier that year, Petzäll had taken a time-out from politics, after a drunken brawl when he was arrested by police. The party decided to support him through treatment.

But when he had a lapse a few months later, they demanded he's leave his seat in parliament. He refused, and after having finished his second treatment for addiction in september 2011, he told media he would continue in parliament as an independent, working with political issues related to addiction and substance abuse.

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