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Dead body found in burning car

An unidentified person was found dead in a burning car in a garage in western Stockholm on Friday night.

A passer-by sounded the alarm to police at 12.30am on Saturday when they saw smoke billowing out from under a block of flats on Brantholmsgränd in the Stockholm suburb of Skärholmen.

There were several cars in the garage, two of which were on fire. With the fires extinguished, the emergency services were able to confirm that they had found a dead body in one of the vehicles.

The body had not been identified early on Saturday morning and police have not ruled out murder.

“We don’t know if this concerns a murder, a suicide or an accident,” said Linda Feldt at south Stockholm police to news agency TT.

The burned out car in which the body was found did not have any registration plates.

Police have sealed off the area around the scene to conduct a forensic examination.

The suburb of Skärholmen has been the scene of several car fires in recent weeks but police do not believe that there is a connection to this case.

CRIME

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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