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Mijailovic accused of beating fellow prisoner

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Anna Lindh's killer Mijailo Mijailovic claims that when he seriously assaulted a 59-year-old man last year he did so because he feared for his life.

There was a heavy security presence in place today for Mijailovic's latest trial. The man currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Sweden's foreign minister faces charges of brutally assaulting a 59-year-old man with a metal object.

Dressed in greyish green institutional clothes, Mijailovic remained silent and displayed a marked lack of interest in today's court proceedings.

He did not want to comment on the events of September 21st last year when he attacked a fellow prisoner. His victim was sleeping on a couch when Mijailovic began striking him repeatedly on the head with a metal object that he had managed to remove from a radiator.

Mijailovic admitted to the crime via his lawyer Mikael Nilsson, who claims that his client acted as he did because he was insecure and felt that his life was under threat.

If convicted, Mijailovic will be compelled to pay his victim 65,000 kronor in damages.

At the time of the attack local media were reporting rumours of plans to smuggle in weapons to a serious criminal in the prison's psychiatric clinic, who intended to assassinate Anna Lindh's murderer.

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