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Swede held for dramatic 1995 German bank robbery

A 32-year-old Swede has been arrested on suspicions of having participated in the spectacular 1995 robbery of a bank in Berlin.

Swede held for dramatic 1995 German bank robbery

The robbers fled police through an underground tunnel.

An arrest warrant has been issued for the man in Germany for being an accomplice in the remarkable theft, which took place when he was only 19-years-old.

Thieves made off with the equivalent of 16.3 million Deutsch marks, ($12.4 million), 10 million Deutsch marks of which was never recovered.

“The man now arrested is suspected of having helped dig the tunnel,” said spokesperson Michael Grunwald with the public prosecutor’s office in Berlin.

During the afternoon of June 27th, 1995, four masked and armed men entered a bank branch in the Zehlendorf neighbourhood of southern Berlin.

They took 16 customers and employees hostage, laid out hand grenades in front of the door, and demanded 17 million Deutsch marks, a car, and a safe get away.

They later received 5.6 million marks, and managed to get the rest from within the bank by breaking open 207 of 400 bank vaults.

What police didn’t know at the time was that there were actually six robbers in the bank. Two more had entered through an underground tunnel.

The thieves then used the tunnel to escape.

When police stormed the bank they found only the entrance to the 170 metre long tunnel. It was later described in an investigation as “a masterpiece of construction”, and included electricity lines, lighting, and fans.

So far six men have been convicted for the bank robbery. Many of them have already served their sentences.

During the spring, the 32-year-old man, who has lived in Sweden for many years, came to the attention of German authorities. A European arrest warrant was issued instructing Swedish authorities to extradite the man to Germany.

A warrant for the man was issued on May 26th, he was arrested a few days later and is now being held by Swedish police.

Lead prosecutor Ulf Forsberg won’t comment more on the suspicions in Germany against the 32-year-old or as to why German police suspect him.

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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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