TPB not the reason

The Swedish Ministry of Justice issued a statement on the 27th July, 2012, requesting assistance from Cambodia. They wanted anakata arrested. Bertil Olofsson, Head of the International Section of the National Police, and Tom Abrahamsson, Head of Adm and Consular Matters of the Swedish Embassy in Phnom Penh, was quoted by Sveriges Television saying that Gottfrid had been arrested to be brought home to serve his TPB prison sentence.

In reality the request was made in relation to “an ongoing preliminary investigation” [sic]. It turns out it’s not worth pulling people home from exotic countries over petty culture sharing. Admittedly it was a very effective smokescreen. Enjoy Lao, TiAMO :-))

Here’s the letter:

Stockholm, 27 July 2012

To the Competent Judicial Authority
Phnom Penh
The Kingdom of Cambodia

URGENT AND CONFIDENTIAL MATTER

Request for legal assistance in a criminal matter

The Swedish Ministry of Justice presents its compliments to the Competent Judicial Authority in the Kingdom of Cambodia and has the honour to forward a letter of request for legal assistance in a criminal matter.

The request is issued by the International Department of the Prosecution Authority in Stockholm, Sweden and is made in relation to an ongoing preliminary investigation.

The Ministry of Justice kindly asks for your assistance to arrange for the requested measure to be execute.

The Ministry of Justice avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Competent Judicial Authority in the Kingdom of Cambodia the assurances of its highest consideration.

Harriet Birkeland
Desk Officer

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