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Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student

A 51 year-old Frenchman was charged in Paris on Sunday with the murder of a 19-year-old Swedish woman found shot through the head and stabbed in a forest near Paris this month.

Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student

Bruno Cholet, who allegedly posed as a taxi driver to entrap his victim according to investigators, also faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and theft.

If found guilty he could face life imprisonment.

The victim, Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg, was found in Chantilly Forest north of Paris on April 19th with four bullets in her head. She was handcuffed, had been knifed in the chest, and her body was partly charred.

The arrest and charges followed a major police manhunt with extra officers drafted in by the Paris criminal investigation department.

Investigators said they had accumulated a mass of evidence against the suspect, including a pistol found in the boot of his car and bullets matching those used to kill the victim.

Court officials said Cholet, arrested last Friday, has a criminal record and had already spent 20 years in jail for various offences including rape and kidnapping.

The victim had gone missing on her way home from a Paris nightclub. After taking a taxi, she sent a text message to a friend saying the driver “doesn’t look nice.”

The suspect, who had allegedly posed as a taxi driver, was arrested in a western suburb of the capital, police said.

Police searching his vehicle had found a .22 pistol, cartridges, three pairs of handcuffs and a bag with the inscription “Susanna 777,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Police said closed circuit surveillance cameras had picked up a figure using the victim’s credit card outside a bank, wearing clothes that matched those found in Cholet’s flat.

A white car that looked like that of the suspect was also reported by witnesses near the nightclub where the victim was last seen alive.

After the discovery of the body, another woman reported to police being molested a week earlier by a man, apparently a taxi driver, driving a white car. Another witness claimed to have seen a similar vehicle in the forest where the body was found.

Cholet was set to appear before an examining magistrate on Sunday evening.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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