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Parents suspected of assaulting baby

A Swedish appeal court has overruled a district court decision to release the parents of a 16-day-old baby taken to hospital last Thursday with several broken bones and a possible brain hemorrhage.

The parents, a 34-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, were released from custody on Saturday after the district court ruled that there was not enough evidence to merit detaining the pair.

But following an appeal by assistant prosecutor Joakim Eriksson, Svea Court of Appeal agreed to schedule a new hearing for Wednesday.

The baby girl was taken to Astrid Lindgren’s children’s hospital in Solna last week with a broken arm. But on closer inspection, doctors also found a series of older injuries which made them suspect that the girl had been the victim of a brutal assault.

After a senior physician reported his suspicions to the police, social welfare officers took over the care of the baby girl and her 20-month-old brother.

The father’s lawyer, Göran Rangmar, said he “did not look kindly” on the appeal court’s call for a new remand hearing.

“I would of course have preferred if the district court decision had been allowed to stand. But its the appeal court that decides and we will have to respect their decision. We have a hearing on Wednesday and we’ll see what happens there,” he told TT.

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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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