Acquittals for suspects in ‘Romario’ killing

All three suspects charged in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Ahmed “Romario” Ibrahim Ali were acquitted on Friday by a Stockholm-area court.

Acquittals for suspects in 'Romario' killing

The three young men, ages 16-, 18-, and 20-year-old, were on trial for their involvement in the killing of Romario.

The popular and promising footballer died from stab wounds suffered following a fight near the E4 motorway in Kista north of Stockholm last October.

The stabbing was the culmination of a feud between two rival groups of young peoplewhich began earlier in the day when a fight broke out at a Stockholm-area pub.

The 18-year-old charged in the case suffered an injury to his eye during the bar fight.

To settle the dispute, both groups decided to meet in Husby, the suburban neighbourhood north of Stockholm from which Romario hailed.

But the car carrying Romario and his friends ran out of gas near an exit of the E4 motorway, whereupon the rival group approached them and violence erupted once again.

The 18-year-old on trial admitted to stabbing Romario and two of his friends, both of whom received life threatening injuries.

Ibrahim died of knife wounds suffered and his body dumped from a black Audi in front of Karolinska University Hospital in the early hours of October 18th.

Police had as many as seven suspects in custody as they attempted to understand what happened that evening.

After a lengthy and complicated investigation, filled with conflicting and incomplete accounts of the events that led up to the killing, prosecutors eventually charged three suspects.

The 18-year-old who confessed to stabbing the victims denied that he meant to kill anyone and claimed that the crime should be classified as aggravated assault and manslaughter, with an alternative charge of aggravated assault.

But his confession wasn’t sufficient to convict him, according to the Attunda District Court.

There was neither enough forensic evidence nor other evidence gained from oral testimony to draw any certain conclusions.

The entire episode was marked by chaos and confusion and the court didn’t rule out that some of those involved could have been charged.

Because the primary suspect wasn’t convicted for murder and attempted murder, his two associates can’t be convicted for assisting in the crime, the court ruled.


Self-driving test buses in Sweden to go faster

Testing of self-driving buses in Stockholm is set to be expanded.

Self-driving test buses in Sweden to go faster
Photo: Marko Säävälä/TT

The driverless vehicles, which are being tested in the Kista tech and business district, will drive at speeds of 20 kilometres per hour, reports SVT.

Previous high speeds for the tests were restricted to 12 kilometres per hour.

Since January, two electric self-driving buses have plied a one-and-a-half kilometre stretch of road between the Kista Galleria shopping mall and the Scandic Victoria Tower hotel. That number will be increased in the summer, according to SVT's report.

A designated driver has been on board the buses during the test operation in case of emergency, as is required under current legislation in Sweden.

“We have tested at a difficult time of year with a lot of snow and it has exceeded expectations,” Peter Hafmar, CEO of operating company Nobina Technology, said to SVT.

Surveys conducted by researchers from Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology have shown passenger responses to the driverless buses to be mostly positive, according to the broadcaster’s report.

A fatal accident earlier this month involving a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona, United States is not reported to have had a negative affected on responses.

A further trial of the buses is also expected to be rolled out in Gothenburg in the near future.

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