Camilla Lindberg, Liberal People's Party parliamentarian, has lodged a complaint by the police Saturday saying that a man had stolen her wallet. In her complaint she said that the man was a Muslim and took her wallet only because she's Jewish.
During a private party in the old city of Stockholm she discovered her wallet was missing. Later that evening a man who was at the party called her up and said that he had her wallet. He said she could get it back in exchange for VIP tickets to the Pride Festival, says Lindberg.
She says she was very upset when she made her complaint and told police that they've had a heated discussion about the Israel-Palestine issue, but she she never said what the police claim she says, says Lindberg. She says it's completely absurd since she's not even Jewish.
She says that she told the police half-jokingly, half-seriously that the man took the wallet because of their discussion about Israel.
She thinks the police may have misunderstood her, since it was a long talk and she spoke with several different people. Since she's a parliament member it was a little more complicated. She says that she maybe should have expressed herself more clearly to the police.
Linderberg later got her wallet after giving the man a VIP ticket. She says they met on Saturday, she gave him the ticket and got her wallet, but didn't say a word to each other.
The man denies he stole the wallet and claims he found it in the street. Lindberg informed the police that her wallet was returned and the investigation was therefore closed.
Abd al Haqq Kielan, head of the Swedish Islamic Assembly says that the complaint was a serious record of poor judgment and is an anti-Muslim attack. She should consider whether she can continue being a parliament member for the People's Party, he says.
Abd al Haqq Kielan is surprised by the phrasing of Lindberg's complaint and says that people shouldn't speak this way. It fuels anti-Muslims and racists. He thinks the story will get back at Lindberg and the whole party.
It also causes suspicions against the People's Party, people wonder now what kind of opinions are discussed in their internal meetings. People ask themselves whether it's Lindberg's real opinion that's come out when she's upset.
He thinks that Lindberg's police complaint will be discussed in many places, and that he himself will take it up in the Muslim reference group at the discrimination ombudsman, to which he belongs.
He says it's a popular excuse for the most part, but that at some point people must take responsibility for what they say. She should consider whether she should represent the People's Party in parliament.
Sources: Expressen 1, 2, Aftonbladet (Swedish)