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Top Sweden Democrat convicted of libel

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 13 Oct 2010, 15:38

Published: 13 Oct 2010 15:38 GMT+02:00

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39-year-old Herrstedt was ordered by the court to pay 5,000 kronor ($753) to Jan Jönsson, the former chairperson of the Communist Party of Sweden (SKP), for claims published on her blog that he had said that handicapped people had no right to exist and would be the "first target group for extermination camps that he would like to establish".

This is the third time that Herrstedt has been convicted of libel by the Lund court.

The 39-year-old, who has been a party member since 2006, was previously convicted by the court for libelling Jan Jönsson's son Fredrik in November 2009, where she described him as a "criminal and a saboteur", and on a further occasion in April 2008.

Despite the fact that Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson set up two criteria for Riksdag candidates ahead of the 2010 elections - no connections to neo-Nazi groups and no criminal convictions - Herrstedt has taken her place in parliament and the party has continued to offer her its support.

"I haven't personally invested time in the judgement, but our legal experts who have, have said that it is almost ridiculous and can be regarded as having political overtones," said Sweden Democrat press spokesperson Erik Almqvist to The Local on Wednesday.

When asked why the party was making an exception to its principle of not having people with criminal records as representatives in Sweden's Riksdag, Almqvist replied:

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"I see this more as a civil case. I find it hard to consider it criminal behaviour," Almqvist said, adding that the case should be placed in the context of a long political struggle between left wing groups and the far-right Sweden Democrats.

"But as a rule we do not want to be connected with any form of criminal behaviour," Almqvist said.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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17:38 October 13, 2010 by tgolan
the libel laws in Sweden are a joke, its not a question of what you say is true or not but how the person spoken of is feeling about the statement, Flashback was convicted of libel after printing an official court document on a pedophile, Getting convicted of libel is no big deal
17:59 October 13, 2010 by Craptastical
I don't understand the logic within SD. Sure, I can understand why they consider this a civil case, but it most definitely doesn't help SD's credibility by defending someone who has smeared a political opponent and his son and has been convicted of it. If they were smart they would distance themselves from this individual as much as possible.

So much for SD trying to clean up an already dirty image.
18:00 October 13, 2010 by reason
A libel conviction might not be that much of a deal, but a politician telling outright and obvious lies in public is.
18:00 October 13, 2010 by locaxy
"Despite the fact that Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson set up two criteria for Riksdag candidates ahead of the 2010 elections - no connections to neo-Nazi groups and no criminal convictions"

If a party needs to explicitly say that they don't want Nazis, that says a lot about their ideology.
18:22 October 13, 2010 by amelie_l
Why is there no article about the muslim integrist Abdirizak Waberi who is a member of parliament for Moderaterna, and who has very sexist opinions. For example, that a man in Sweden should be allowed to have 4 wifes and to beat his wifes if they have an affair.

A bit more info about this delicious man:


(use Google translation tool)

He was interviewed on SVT documentary "Slaget om muslimerna" where he talks about the opinions I just mentioned. I can't put a youtube link here but search for "Slaget om muslimerna 1/6"

Is The Local missing some policital neutrality to decide to talk about dirty SD but not dirty Moderaterna?
18:39 October 13, 2010 by maxbrando
Sweden is one of the countries where one can be prosecuted for unfriendly speech, and sent to a gulag - in Russia or China - for "reeducation". What a mess Sweden has become.
18:57 October 13, 2010 by wiserthanmos
Not long ago, to invaded another country one must had a lot money, men and guns. But now, to invade an entire Continent one just needs to be poor, uneducated and desperate. These new invaders don't need to fire a shot, they don't need to do much except having more baby invaders and the societies that they've conquered will bow to their pressure. So let's borrow some quotes from Voltaire to describe the situations in Sweden and Europe shall we? "The multitude of books is making us ignorant." and "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." So chew on it people!
19:24 October 13, 2010 by robertweller
the swedish prosecutor should be convicted of libel for all the bs about julian assange. if he really is suspected of rape why was he allowed to leave the country. i think he is back now. so why isn't he in jail. too bad stieg larsson is dead.
19:29 October 13, 2010 by krattan
If anyone other than me were looking for the blog pictured above the address is:

20:00 October 13, 2010 by wxman
Let's see, hurting someone's feelings is against the law, but being a communist is alright. OK, I've got it.
20:15 October 13, 2010 by cowboykodp
Ohh... How cute, the self admitted racists on this website are supporting their pimps, namely the SD.

@Dumberthana jackass

You already ranted about your gibberish on an earlier story. I say take a chill pill, a nap and then wake up and do everyone a favor and hang yourself. You can even broadcast it on the web if it makes you horny.
20:35 October 13, 2010 by wiserthanmos

Just go and bone your own sister already, you filthy specimen!
20:43 October 13, 2010 by cowboykodp

Your are REALLY loosing it now.

What, you are busy reading you Kafka books now?

Come on buddy, you couldn't even spell Voltaire if you didn't look it up.

21:04 October 13, 2010 by wiserthanmos

It was you who started this names calling not me...so remember that! I simply want to share some of my views, that's all.
21:05 October 13, 2010 by spo10
what a joke these Sweden Democrats are! no wonder all of them are either insane or have criminal records! pfffft.
21:09 October 13, 2010 by Rebel
The author, George Bernard Shaw, believed that handicapped people should be gassed.
21:40 October 13, 2010 by jbat
what a dirty minded this person who call himself @wiserthanmos...
23:02 October 13, 2010 by wiserthanmos
Lefties, you see what you have done? You bring the Nazis back with your liberal agendas, now they have waken up in Germany, damn you lifties!

check the latest news from the local in Germany

Toppic: Xenophobia takes root in German mainstream
23:12 October 13, 2010 by ppaf

The chains you are writing about are the chains brought about by fear and racism... those are the ones that we are evolving to free ourselves from.

This notion of invasion is a fabrication with an analogy to violent invasions which were happening in the past. Today there isn't an invasion, there are more open borders, more exchange and that brings with it some specific challenges. The solution should not be to go back to times of castles and walls, as there are reasons why we evolved from that.

Fascistic tendencies exist in every society and they rise up and down every now and then, often motivated by fear, economic interests and simply lack of understanding and compassion. This is not a consequence of there being more socially liberal agendas... the same as diseases are not a consequence of medical research although there are new ones appearing now and then.

The effort we should all be doing is to love one another more openly and freely, every effort in the opposite direction is wasting life on fear and hatred... this effort is not something society should impose on you, it is something you should choose for yourself, merely for the fact that deep down inside you and everyone else knows that every human is imperfect, but that working with that rather than barricading ourselves is what makes us happier down the road.

01:10 October 14, 2010 by rumcajs
@ ppaf

Duuuude!!!!!! That was maybe the best comment I've ever seen here mate!

I agree 100%.
01:50 October 14, 2010 by frosti
I realize that your opinions are well intended, yet they are hopelessly naive, and have been long disproven by reality throughout Europe and the Western world.

Who are the fascists in Sweden? The Sweden Democrats who want to restore sanity to a destructive and out of control immigration policy - still stridently defended by the socialists in the face of an epidemic of assaults, robberies, rapes, murders, car theft, burglary, arson, drug trafficking, and murder that is unprecedented in Swedish history? Crimes that are overwhelmingly committed by immigrants and their offspring, who often deliberately target ethnic Swedes?

These same immigrants who never apologize, never admit they did wrong, always defend their actions and call any attempt to enforce our laws "racism"? In other words, who _do_ regard themselves as perfect and better than any Swede?

The politicans who use censorship and judicial intimidation to prevent people from speaking the truth and crush dissenting views?

The media who abandon their responsibility of i9mpartialilty to the Swedish peoople by slavishly adhering to the thought-control guidelines laid down by these same politicians?

The academics who continue to promote policies that result in the victimization of thousands of innocent Swedes every year, victims who aren't lucky enough to live in the nice, safe, detached-from-reality socio-economic bubble inhabitated by the self-righteous professors and their followers?

The judges who deem that a Swedish life is worth two or three years in prison, if they even decide to prosecute the offender? Or if they don't back off like the amoral cowards they are when the offenders threaten them?
03:00 October 14, 2010 by GefleFrequentFlyer
Libel charge on a politician? Where does it end, and where does it begin!?!? What a joke.
03:39 October 14, 2010 by beefinswede
some idiot rightists never learn
04:07 October 14, 2010 by Carnitas
Another day, another article where The Local reaches hard to print something negative about the Sweden Democrats. Kinda hilarious how biased they are. Tomorrow's headline will be, "Jimmie Åkesson takes a dump, doesn't flush toilet."

Like Amelie said, why not write an article on Abdirizak Waberi and his 2nd century, pro-Sharia views? Always gotta take the local with a grain of salt.
06:48 October 14, 2010 by DanishAmerican
It's frightening how the Swedish government targets and attacks those who refuse to submit to intellectual censorship. If you don't tow the party line in Sweden watch out! And then the Swedish UN representative has the temerity to stand up and lecture people on the importance of freedom of expression.
07:10 October 14, 2010 by Jan M
I'm surprised that people with criminal records are eligible to take up seats in parliament under Swedish law let alone what little Jimmy and his kindergarten have to say about it. If abusing and defaming a political opponent doesn't count as far as the SD are concerned then they are in big trouble.
08:20 October 14, 2010 by Nemesis
So what exactly did Jan Jönsson actuallly say?
08:29 October 14, 2010 by izbz
Another one bite the dust!!!!


Don't get unset easily by this particular ars"#le, of course he can spell voltaire, he has been taking too much voltaren to numb himself of all pains and feeling. Anyone who says 'I am not a rasist BUT .............. is definately a f"""kup rasist. By all the comments he wrote on so many topics we know He is not a rasist also BUT....... We all know that he was numb by taking overdose of voltaren when he voted!!!!!
09:09 October 14, 2010 by miss79
well who elected this people?hmm
09:20 October 14, 2010 by samwise
would the following speech be considered libel in court in Sweden? I'm just curious.

"Don't get unset easily by this particular ars"#le, of course he can spell voltaire, he has been taking too much voltaren to numb himself of all pains and feeling. Anyone who says 'I am not a rasist BUT .............. is definately a f"""kup rasist. By all the comments he wrote on so many topics we know He is not a rasist also BUT....... We all know that he was numb by taking overdose of voltaren when he voted!!!!! "
09:45 October 14, 2010 by izbz

Might not be cosider libel maybe......no name seems to be mention!!!! Only HE can Feel it is HE I am taking about. So who the f#¤k is this or these HE? HEHE!!!!!!!!
19:44 October 14, 2010 by Tanskalainen
I want her.
23:37 October 14, 2010 by ww77ww
Swedish justice, what a grand oxymoron.

Watch it cowboy, you could be found guilty by a crooked overpaid worthless irresponsible judge of libel. Or maybe not, the Swedish authorities like their citizens to be stupid, farleftist, and shrill
04:29 October 15, 2010 by wenddiver
She could have called them Communists, which is the lowest form of murderer and property thief on the planet. Sounds like she did a good job of sparking debate about these people advocating the world's most horrible ideology.

Good for her. The world needs more swedish Patriots and fewer International Communist Pin heads.
13:31 October 15, 2010 by ppaf

Actually most of what you write is a description of situations which all deserve our attention. Although I do not agree 100% with the way you frame the issues, such as for instance talking about immigrants as a whole cohesive group of people whom all speak in one voice, I do agree that you and others like you are discontent with aspects of Swedish society and the way it is organized.

Still, if you look at each of the issues you point out, you will see that all of them are not as clear cut as you make them out to be. They are complex issues and others would describe them in a totally different way than you, although all acknowledging that they all deserve our time and reflection.

I guess my only point is, whatever solutions we find, they have to be in the name of a better more open and free society in the future. We cannot let ourselves be intimidated by sporadic media reports and current fears of change... one must look at the bigger picture, some years down the road and think...

What society do we want in the future? One where we will say "we were scared and did all this crazy stuff, which resulted in more division between countries, religions..." or do we want to say : "we had some pretty tough challenges, but we worked them out together and this turned out to have a positive influence to all the people and cultures involved"?

There is no absolute truth in how to handle these issues, but there are better futures to strive for.
19:21 October 15, 2010 by stateohio905
Intense animosity toward immigrants, handicapped people, gays, gypsies.... don't all of that resembled to Europe from the last century...
17:22 November 6, 2010 by Sam1
:-) how can some one so shallow so cheap so narrow minded so black hearted be of any positive to Sweden??

whether some fanatic muslim leader or a fanatic SD leader all those are useless to humanity
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