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Sweden Democrat hate speech probe dropped

Published: 28 Nov 2012 10:31 GMT+01:00

Prosecutor Mats Åhlund had previously said they may be guilty of racial agitation (hets mot folkgrupp), but that would require that the offensive language had been intended to reach a larger crowd.

A video shows the three politicians gushing racist abuse at passers-by in central Stockholm.

Neither will they face any charges for picking up iron pipes in an apparent bid to protect themselves against a drunken man whom they had argued with earlier in the evening.

“There is no reason for us to assume they picked up the pipes in order to assault someone,” Åhlund told the TT news agency.

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15:01 November 28, 2012 by Chuck_Norris
This is disturbing. Shouting racist rants loudly with threatening behaviour. Plus, picking up metal pipes when a confront is soon to happen is seen by the prosecutor as not enough evidence. Why? The only plausible explanation is the prosecutor is racist and does not see anything wrong with that behaviour.

I can easily see a crime in shouting racist rants. Also conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm. Gang behaviour. Drunkenly disorder. There must be many more but i am no lawyer.

This proves if you are part of the tribe, the tribesman will let you go.
16:29 November 28, 2012 by k2kats
If reports of this behaviour are true, it is appalling. The only thing worse is condoning it.

If there were insufficient witnesses to prove the facts of the case in court (and we can well imagine how that might have happened), the judge still had an opportunity to comment on that behaviour (in the likely case it was true).

What other motive might they have had for picking up the pipes? Somehow, these 3 don't strike me as the type who clean up after others to ensure no one else tripped in the dark.
17:45 November 28, 2012 by Rap43
Oh... that is appalling.

And if 3 Somali lads had done the same? A different outcome I suspect.

Funny thing about the rule of law, justice must not only be done, it must be seen to be done.

I don't see anything like justice in this outcome. Not even close.

Let a court decide.
18:07 November 28, 2012 by Iraniboy
@Raps43

Those imaginary 3 Somali lads or even 3 random Swedish lads are not sitting in the Riksdag passing laws for Sweden!! Besides, even if they were jailed for a week or two, nobody would care about it
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