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US officials seek 1984 deserter in Sweden

US officials seek 1984 deserter in Sweden

The lawyer representing a man claiming to be a wanted U.S. Air Force deserter says American officials have arrived in Sweden to try to convince her client to turn himself in after 28 years on the run.
Last month, a man alleging to be 49-year-old David Hemler from Pennsylvania contacted Stockholm-based lawyer Emma Persson, saying he wanted to reveal his true identity after nearly three decades of living under a false name.
Persson said Friday that U.S. officials, who met her a day earlier, wanted confirmation of his identity and requested he return voluntarily to his homeland to stand trial.
Hemler deserted his post at an American base in Augsburg, Germany, in 1984. For years, he has featured on the Air Force's wanted list.


Updated : 2021-05-08 13:13 GMT+08:00