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Criminal networks from eastern Europe carry out a large part of the burglaries in Sweden. Credit: Malin Hoelstad/SvD/TT
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Sweden to Georgia: take back your citizens

Published tisdag 13 mars kl 11.30

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson is meeting Georgia's vice prime minister on Tuesday to discuss Georgia's responsibility for taking in citizens who have been convicted of crime in Sweden.

Foreign organized-crime networks are behind nearly half of all burglaries in Sweden, according to the police, and Georgia is one of the top four countries operating professional criminal networks in Sweden.

"These are Georgian citizens with no connection to Sweden," Johansson said ahead of his meeting with Giorgi Gakharia in Stockholm. He insisted that Georgians convicted of crime in Sweden should serve their prison sentences in their home country.

"We need the prison space in Sweden for our own villains," Johansson said.

The justice minister also added that the fact that Georgians were given visa-free travel in the EU a year ago should be a good incentive for agreeing to the Swedish demands.

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