Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Man jailed for Auschwitz sign theft

A police officer leads Anders Hogstrom into the court in Krakow, Poland (AP)

A Swedish man has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for instigating the theft last year of the notorious "Arbeit Macht Frei" ("Work Sets You Free") sign from the former Auschwitz death camp.

A spokesman for the Polish regional court in Krakow said a judge decided to approve a settlement that Anders Hogstrom reached with Polish prosecutors.

Hogstrom, who had confessed to involvement in the theft in December 2009, was convicted of instigating it.

He will be transferred to Sweden in the coming weeks to serve his term.

Judge Jaroslaw Gaberle also approved plea deals for two Polish men. They were convicted of involvement in stealing the sign and given sentences of up to two-and-a-half years.

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