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Trial begins of police killer suspect

Wednesday sees the beginning of court proceedings for the man suspected of killing police officer Fredrik Widén in Nyköping in June.

For security reasons the four day trial is to be held in one of two high security court rooms at Stockholm District Court.

More than ten witnesses have been lined up to testify at the trial, four of whom are former colleagues of the victim.

According to prosecutor Pär Andersson, there is compelling evidence to suggest that the 55-year-old defendant is guilty as charged.

“There is technical as well as oral evidence,” he said.

The 55-year-old suspect is due to testify after lunch on Thursday. When taken in for initially questioning he said that he had acted in self defence. He later refused to answer any questions regarding his alleged involvement in the murder.

Fredrik Widén, who was 32, was shot as he attempted to detain the suspect in central Nyköping, 100 kilometres south of Stockholm. Police were enforcing an order from mental health authorities to section the 55-year-old man.

Over the last 100 years, 30 Swedish police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”

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