Thieves contracted by a neo-Nazi group that planned to sell sign to fund attacks in Sweden, newspaper claims. It sounds like the plot of a Steig Larsson thriller: a band of eastern European criminals is contracted to steal an iconic piece of Nazi memorabilia, which is then sold to a mysterious collector to finance a neofascist bomb attack on the Swedish parliament. But today it emerged that Swedish investigators are helping Polish detectives investigate the theft of the sign from Auschwitz, amid reports that the robbery was linked to a rightwing terror plot. (…) Separately, the Swedish security service Säpo, confirmed that it was investigating an alleged neo-Nazi plot to blow up the Riksdagen, the parliament building in Stockholm, as well as the foreign ministry and the home of the prime minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt. The aim of the plot, according to Säpo, was to create as much disruption as possible ahead of the 2010 parliamentary elections. It would not confirm or deny reports of a possible connection between the plot and the Auschwitz sign theft. Polish investigators, who said from the start of the inquiry that they suspected the mastermind of the robbery operated outside Poland, would only say today that he or she “came from a European country”. The five suspected robbers, aged between 25 and 39, all have criminal records but none is suspected of having a neo-Nazi background. They were reportedly set to receive a total of 20,000 zlotys (£4,320) to share between them for the theft. The police told the Polish press agency PAP that they believe a foreign national, possibly the person who ordered the theft, visited the former death camp prior to the robbery in order to be able to plan it in detail.
siehe auch: Auschwitz theft linked to Swedish neo-Nazis. Members of Sweden’s neo-Nazi scene were behind the theft of the “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the Auschwitz concentration camp, according to media reports. Poland has requested help from Stockholm in its investigation; Auschwitz-Ermittlungen: Schwedisches Neonazi-Komplott. Sollte gestohlenes „Arbeit macht frei“-Schild Terror finanzieren? Die Spur des Schildes des Nazi-Vernichtungslagers Auschwitz führt nach Schweden. Der Verkauf sollte zum Kauf von Waffen verwendet werden.