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Woman suspected in Gamla Stan shooting released

The Stockholm District Court decided on Thursday to release a 39-year-old Swedish woman suspected of hiring a bouncer to murder a couple in Gamla Stan, according to Aftonbladet newspaper.

Woman suspected in Gamla Stan shooting released

The court’s decision to drop the charges was motivated by lack of sufficient evidence.

She was suspected of hiring a 41-year-old bouncer to kill the two individuals, her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. The male bouncer has already been detained on suspicions of two counts of attempted murder.

Formal charges are expected to be filed against him by May 7th.

Both suspects have denied involvement in the shooting outside of a school in Stockholm’s historic Gamla Stan disctrict.

The man was seriously injured, while the female victim sustained mild injuries.

The 39-year-old’s lawyer Claes Borgström was not surprised that his client was released.

“It was expected. I think that new information would have had to come forth and that didn’t happen. That was the impression I had yesterday after interviewing her. My opinion was shared by the district court,” he told TT.

According to Borgström, there has been no new evidence to contradict the woman’s innocence.

“The case against her was already incredibly weak to begin with,” he said, adding that his client was extremely relieved at the decision.

But according to Prosecutor Rolf Hillegren, there is new information indicating the woman’s guilt. “Otherwise I would have released her myself and not requested remand,” he told TT.

He said there was nothing to lessen suspicions against the woman, and he doesn’t have any plans to exclude her as a suspect in the investigation. He doesn’t want to go into what evidence there is against the woman or the male suspect as it could damage the investigation.

TT asked Hilldegren is there was anything connecting the woman to the shooter.

“We’re working on it,” said Hillegren.

On Tuesday last week, a man fired several shots at a couple outside of a school. According to witnesses, the shooter waited for his victims, and after the incident, he fled on a yellow moped that was found in central Stockholm almost a week later.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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