Court OKs extradition of Swede in Auschwitz case

March 11, 2010 15:38

STOCKHOLM — A Stockholm court says a Swedish former neo-Nazi leader can be extradited to Poland, where he is suspected of involvement in the theft of an infamous sign at Auschwitz.

The court says 34-year-old Anders Hogstrom can be handed over to Poland on condition he will be allowed to serve any prison sentence in Sweden if he's convicted.

Polish investigators suspect Hogstrom of incitement to commit theft of a cultural treasure in connection with the December theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" — "Work Sets You Free" — sign at the former Nazi death camp.

Hogstrom's defense lawyer, Bjorn Sandin, says he will probably appeal the court's decision.

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