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Women in custody for beating of far-right politician

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07:15 CEST+02:00
Two young women suspected of beating up the spokesperson of the far right Sweden Democrats and his girlfriend were remanded in custody on Wednesday by the Södertörn District Court.

Prosecutor Jens Nilsson requested the women be remanded on suspicions of aggravated assault for their attack against Martin Kinnunen.

One of the women, who is 25-years-old, was also held for her suspected role in two other assaults which took place on Folkungagatan on Södermalm in southern Stockholm in February.

During the remand hearing, the women denied the assault allegations against them.

Prosecutors believe the attack on Kinnunen and his girlfriend, who were targeted by a group of five to ten people, was politically motivated.

Police may arrest more people suspected of participating in the incident, which took place early Sunday morning when Kinnunen and his girlfriend were walking near Gullmarsplan south of Stockholm.

The couple were punched and kicked repeatedly, and forced to seek treatment at a nearby hospital for their injuries.

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