Prison sentence for unlawful intelligence activities

2018-06-18

The man charged with spying on the Tibetan community in Sweden has been convicted of serious unlawful intelligence activities against several individuals and sentenced to imprisonment for one year and ten months.

The man was arrested on 26 February 2017 on suspicion of having been tasked by another country to unlawfully gather information about individuals in the Tibetan community in Sweden and subsequently handing over this information to a foreign power. The criminal investigation, headed by a national security prosecutor, was carried out by the Security Service.

According to a district court judgment on 15 June 2018, the man had conducted activities in order to gather information about the personal circumstances of individuals of Tibetan origin for the purpose of handing over this information to Chinese state representatives. The man was convicted of serious unlawful intelligence activities and sentenced to imprisonment for one year and ten months.

“Investigating unlawful intelligence activities against refugees is a complex task but a conviction was ultimately possible in this case thanks to our close cooperation with other European law-enforcement agencies," explains Daniel Stenling, Head of the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Security Service.

“Unlawful intelligence activities against refugees is a very serious matter as the individuals who are affected can be deterred from exercising their democratic rights. The Security Service makes every effort to prevent and counter such activities, says Daniel Stenling”
The district court judgment may be appealed to the court of appeal.