The Court of Appeal upholds the prison sentence for unlawful intelligence activities targeting refugee

2019-04-03

The man charged on suspicion of unlawful intelligence activities targeting refugees within the Tibetan community in Sweden has been sentenced to imprisonment for one year and eight months by the Svea Court of Appeal.

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. He has been convicted of aggravated unlawful intelligence activities and sentenced to imprisonment for one year and eight months by the Svea Court of Appeal.

The Court of Appeal upholds the District Court judgement establishing that 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 in exchange for money.

“Unlawful intelligence activities targeting refugees is a very serious crime. It undermines the democratic process, as it prevents people who are already vulnerable and have fled their countries from exercising the rights and freedoms they should be enjoying under Sweden’s constitution. The Security Service makes every effort to prevent and counter such activities in Sweden.” says Daniel Stenling, Head of the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Swedish Security Service.

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