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Police informer in court on child porn charge

The man was a paid informer of the Swedish police and tried to draw up similar agreements with the German and British forces.

But now the man is accused of being one of Europe’s leading distributors of child pornography. The trial, which opened in Umeå today, concerns whether the 31 year old was double-dealing. Was he earning money from child pornography at the same time as he was a paid police informer?

“He has sought to financially profit from the trading of child pornography, he’s enabled others to download and distribute films and pictures. He’s been a leading figure,” said prosecutor Marina Amonsson.

During the first part of the trial, the man concealed his head with a black hood, which the presiding judge then insisted he remove.

The 31 year old was suspected of sexual assault six years ago. Child pornography was found in his home on encrypted floppy disks. According to the prosecutor, he admitted at the time that he had been interested in child pornography since the age of 15, but he claimed that he now had new interests in life. At the same time, he offered his services to help the National Criminal Investigation Department (Rikskriminalpolisen) investigate a paedophile network.

In 2001 a European police investigation into child pornography opened. Much of the information came from Sweden. The prosecutor showed how Europol received intelligence about a hierarchical network, in which members had nicknames such as G-man, Pappa Doc and Yoda.

G-man travelled around, recording films and carrying out serious assaults on small children. G-man was part of a special group which produced films. A paedophile has testified that the 31 year old is G-man.

The collaboration with the 31 year old appeared to pay dividends. He was present at a meeting with Swedish and German police in Örnsköldsvik in 2003. About a month later, the 31 year old was in e-mail contact with the British police. It was then stipulated that a condition of any collaboration was that the 31 year abstained from criminal activity. But suspicions were aroused about whether he really was keeping within the law.

During the trial, which is scheduled to go on until 10th April, the prosecution will seek to prove the 31 year old’s duplicity.

TT/Andy Butterworth

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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