Two Afghan convicts who were previously deported and banned from re-entering Sweden are back in the country after having successfully managed to board an evacuation flight out of Kabul.
The two men were promptly apprehended and taken into police custody sometime Wednesday at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport for violating the re-entry ban that had been issued following the completion of their criminal sentences, Swedish broadcaster TV4 Nyheterna reports.
Stockholm police spokesperson Carina Skagerlind has refused to inform the public as to crimes committed by the two men which resulted in their expulsions, saying, “I will not go into details about these people. They have been convicted of crimes in Sweden. They have also served their sentences in Sweden, but since then they have also been sentenced to deportation and a re-entry ban for a number of years to come.”
“I think that anyone who has seen the pictures from Kabul and the airport realizes that the situation isn’t quite simple when it comes to conducting border control there,” Skagerlind added.
Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde has not yet commented on the matter, despite requests from the national media to do so. It remains entirely unclear just how the pair of convicted criminals managed to board the evacuation flight out of the Afghan capital.
The likelihood that the two Afghans will be repatriated in the near future is next to zero since Sweden’s pro-mass migration, leftist government halted all deportations to Afghanistan last month.
Earlier this month, ministers from Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, and Germany sharply criticized the decision in a letter sent to Swedish EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson, saying: “Stopping the return sends the wrong signal and will probably motivate more Afghan citizens to leave their homes to travel to the EU.”
Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s conservative chancellor, made it clear in June that his government would not be stopping deportations to Afghanistan or easing its asylum laws after two Afghan men were arrested for allegedly drugging, raping, and killing a 13-year-old girl.
According to investigators, the pair of Afghans drugged the girl and brought her to one of their apartments where they raped her. The men then went on to murder her. The young teenager’s body was subsequently found by passersby on the lawn in front of a home somewhere in the Austrian capital.
Approximately 90,000 people have been flown out of the Afghan capital since Aug. 14, some 800 of which have landed in Sweden.
In July, a fighting-age, male migrant from Afghanistan who had arrived in Sweden in 2018 was sentenced to life in prison for going on a stabbing rampage that injured seven people, three of them seriously.
On Easter weekend a few months earlier, Swedish security police Säpo arrested a pair of Afghan migrants — a man and a woman — for allegedly planning to carry out a terrorist attack in the Stockholm area.