Swedish smuggler gets friend to serve his jail term

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The Independent Online

A man convicted of smuggling outwitted his jailers by getting a friend to serve most of his 12-month sentence.

Prison officials say the identity of the false convict was discovered only when he had been released on probation after serving about two-thirds of his friend's sentence. It was not clear if he would be prosecuted.

An international arrest warrant has been issued for the real convict. Media reports say he fled to Asia and paid his friend for "prison sitting".