Mijailovic must stay in Swedish jail

The man who murdered Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh in 2003 will remain in a Swedish prison where he is serving a life sentence, prison officials said on Tuesday after rejecting his request for a transfer to a Serbian prison.

Mijailo Mijailovic, 28, was born in Sweden to Serbian parents and has renounced his Swedish citizenship. Now solely a citizen of Serbia, he had asked to be transferred from the maximum security prison in Sweden where he is currently held, to a prison in Serbia.

“The Prison and Probation Service has decided not to grant the transfer of Mijailo Mijailovic to Serbia,” the prison said in a statement.

It said it had ruled against Mijailovic’s request because Serbian prison officials had been unable to confirm how long a sentence Mijailovic would serve in Serbia.

Mijailovic, who has a history of psychiatric problems, stabbed Lindh repeatedly in the arms, chest and abdomen as she shopped at the upmarket NK department store in Stockholm without a bodyguard on September 10, 2003.

She died of massive internal bleeding some 13 hours later, in the early hours of September 11.

Mijailovic, who admitted stabbing Lindh, claimed during his three trials that he heard “voices” in his head telling him to attack her, but has insisted that he did not mean to kill her and had no motive.

He can appeal Tuesday’s decision, the authority said.