Boozy antics cost Swedish major his job

A major in the Swedish army serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lost his job following a bout of excessive drinking and sexual relations with a local woman.

In its ruling, the military personnel disciplinary offences board said the major’s behaviour was “unacceptable”. It also implied that he breached safety precautions:

“In light of the code of ethics and code of conduct, which aim to maintain the local population’s respect for the Swedish personnel, the major must have realized the consequences of his actions,” it wrote.

The board decided unanimously to dismiss the major from the international force.

The major denies both that he was intoxicated and that he had intended to have a sexual relationship with the woman.

He began his tour in the DRC in November 2008 and was due to serve with the UN Mission (MONUC) force until November 2009.

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