Swedes get prison time for kidnapping in Tunisia

The two Swedes arrested in November 2012 for preparing to kidnap a girl in Tunisia have received a sentence of 6 and 12 years in prison.

Daniel Backe from Sala was sentenced to 6 years and Per-Åke "Pelle" Tagesson from Örebro was sentenced to 12 years prison, according to Backe's brother Christian Franzetti.

"Right now I have mixed feelings. You have to have a decision before being able to be pardoned. But that they were convicted feels like a joke. The entire process is a miscarriage of justice," Franzetti told Swedish Television News.

Both men were working for the Norwegian security firm ABP World Group Ltd. The company locates and recovers missing children all over the world. When they were arrested they had travelled to Tunisia to kidnap a child living there with its father in order to bring the child back to its mother. Supposedly the child had first been kidnapped and brought to Tunisia.

The Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not commenting on whether there was a miscarriage of justice yet.

"We have been following the trial closely, but it is too early to say whether this is an unjust decision," says Erik Wikensjö, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' press spokesperson.

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