Denho “Dano” Acar fled to Turkey after he was accused of instigating an arson attack in autumn 2006. He has previous convictions in Sweden for a range of serious crimes.
“The decision was made on August 21st and I don’t know if he has received the message yet. But we based our decision on the fact that he no longer lives in Sweden. That is the most common reason for revoking a permanent residence permit,” Migration Board spokeswoman Marie Andersson told newspaper Göteborgs-Posten.
Acar, who came to Sweden with his family in 1985, remains a Turkish citizen. Turkey does not have an extradition treaty with the European Union.
The Migration Board first began looking into the matter after receiving a letter from police in Västra Götaland county.
“The Migration Board has reached a decision that makes life considerably more difficult for organized criminals in the country,” police spokesman Sven Alhin told Göteborgs-Posten.