WORLD : Swedes Cancel Teen Offenders’ Rehabilitation Cruise After Outcry

<i> From Times wire services</i>

Local politicians, reacting to public uproar, decided today not to send a group of teen-age offenders on a six-month rehabilitation cruise to the Caribbean at taxpayer expense.

The social board in the suburb of Kista dropped plans to participate in the cruise after it received a bomb threat.

Social Commissioner Ragnar Gotestam later announced on TV that the project had to be canceled because at least two community social boards had changed their minds about the $80,000 cruise on a 53-foot sailing craft to Saint Lucia and other Caribbean islands. He said he hoped to pursue the project later.