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Convicted murderer expelled from doctor training

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13:35 CET+01:00
Sweden's top medical university, the Karolinska Institute, has expelled a medical student with a prior conviction for murder.

The institute has stated in a press release that the man's high school grades which formed the basis of his application showed discrepancies. His application has therefore been revoked.

The institute became aware of the discrepancies when the student was due to begin a placement.

"The discrepancies that we discovered then led to us asking the National Agency for Services to Universities and University Colleges (VHS) for verification of the student's high school grades," writes Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson, President of the Karolinska Institute. The agency has since reported the student to the police, "in line with routine practice," the institute writes.

The Local reported in November 2007 that a student pursuing medical studies at Karolinska Institute had previously been convicted of murder in a so-called hate crime case and sentenced to eleven years in prison. He had been released on parole in February 2007.

Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson told Dagens Nyheter at the time that, "We decided that he had been accepted in a proper manner and we therefore have an obligation to give him an education. We have no right to expel someone because he or she has been imprisoned."

The National Agency for Services to Universities and University Colleges (VHS) manages applications for all universities and higher education colleges in Sweden.

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