Dutch activist faces extradition to Sweden

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16 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Dutch anti-globalist activist Maarten Blok can be extradited to Sweden, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.

16 August 2004

AMSTERDAM — Dutch anti-globalist activist Maarten Blok can be extradited to Sweden, a court in The Hague ruled on Monday.

Blok, 23, had gone to court to halt moves to send him to Sweden where he fears a heavy sentence. He is accused of public order offences and assault of a police officer during the EU summit in Gothenburg on 14 June 2001.

The Swedish authorities sought his extradition in April last year.

Blok told Novum Nieuws he was not surprised by the court's decision. "The Netherlands is the 'best behaved boy in the class'. The Swedish police are assumed to always tell the truth, making it very hard for me prove my innocence."

Blok says he does not know when he will have to go to Sweden. "I have already put all my possessions into storage. I have a meeting with my father this weekend, Perhaps after that I will have to go to Sweden."

His lawyer Victor Koppe said Blok would be handed over to the Swedish authorities in the next few weeks.

Kroppe said it appeared the diplomatic ties between the Netherlands and Sweden seemed to be more important that the activist's wellbeing. "The Netherlands is too quick to permit extradition. Sweden also requested the extradition of German demonstrators but Berlin turned these requests down," he said.

Another 50 demonstrators, mostly Swedes, who were with Blok in Gothenburg have already been dealt with by the Swedish courts. They received sentences averaging 15 months.

"Sweden has very heavy sentences for this sort of thing. Maarten would probably get community service if dealt with by a Dutch court," Koppe said.

[Copyright Novum Nieuws 2004]

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