When a warrant was issued for the arrest of Saleh Hadri in connection with the 2011 murder of the leader, 31, of the Brödraskapet Wolfpack gang (The Wolfpack Brotherhood) in Sweden, he went on the run and stayed on the run for 17 months. Then out of the blue, Hadri turned up at the police station in Malmö, Sweden, on February 18, 2013, having decided on his attorney’s advice to turn himself in.
His attempt to get arrested went something like this.
Hadri: Ding-dong, hello I am a wanted murder suspect and a fugitive and I would like to give myself up for arrest.
Police: Sorry it’s after 6 p.m. and we are closed. Please come back during our regular business hours.
In reply to the surreal statement by the policeman on the intercom, Hadri sputtered, “Closed? I’m suspected of murder and a wanted man – you guys really want to get ahold of me,” but it was no use; they would not let him in, much less arrest him.
He was advised to seek another police station that was 20 minutes away by car. A stunned Hadri made his way there and, despite the best efforts of Malmö police, successfully got himself arrested.
Hadri maintains his innocence and says that that is the only reason he turned himself in, “I’d be an idiot to come back otherwise.”
When asked how such a thing could happen, Malmö police commander Anders Oxelbrand reportedly said, “Things are a bit messy right now,” and cited ongoing renovations.