FECL 35 (June 1995):

SWEDISH MINISTER OF JUSTICE PREPARED TO EXTRADITE OWN NATIONALS

The Swedish Constitution prohibits the extradition of Swedish citizens to other countries, with the exception of the Nordic neighbour states. The Minister of Justice, Leila Freivalds, now says the same exception could apply to EU member states.

The Minister denies that this would breach the Constitution, but in her note to the parliamentary committee on the EU it says: "With respect to own nationals, as far as Sweden is concerned, the prohibition of expatriation [by the Constitution] could be solved by requiring that the extradited person be transferred to his home country for the execution of the sentence. With this as a starting point, Sweden should be favourable to a relaxation of the present system of prohibiting the extradition of own nationals".

 

Source: Svenska Dagbladet, 17.6.95