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Arrest made in Swedish honeymooner killing

South African police have arrested a man in connection with the weekend killing of a Swedish woman who was visiting the country on her honeymoon.

Arrest made in Swedish honeymooner killing

Twenty-eight-year old Anni Dewani, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, was killed on Saturday evening outside of Cape Town after the taxi she was riding in with her 31-year-old British husband Shrien was carjacked.

“I can now confirm that a 26-year-old male was arrested in Khayelitsha in the early hours of this morning, thanks largely to cooperation from the community,” Western Cape community safety minister Albert Fritz said in a statement, according to South African news website Mail & Guardian Online.

“The investigation continues and I urge police to collect and use all available evidence so that we ultimately secure a conviction.”

Earlier in the day, police said they had brought in the 26-year-old man for questioning.

Anni Dewani was found shot to death in the abandoned taxi which she and her husband had taken following a Saturday evening dinner.

The couple had been married in India just over two weeks ago and decided to venture outside of Cape Town’s tourist district so they could see “the real Africa,” Shrien Dewani told The Daily Mail.

“Anni grew up in Sweden and she felt as if the area around this hotel was just like at home: so clean and safe and maybe a bit sterile,” he told the newspaper.

“She had never been to Africa before, so she suggested that we should have a look at the ‘real Africa.'”

Dewani added he felt “powerless” to help his bride and he carries “an enormous amount of guilt” about the carjacking, which took place as they traveled through Guguletu, a township about 15 kilometres outside of Cape Town.

“The men kept on saying, ‘We are not going to hurt you. We just want the car.’ That was a lie,” he continued.

Minutes later, he was thrown out of the vehicle.

Dewani eventually made his way to a police station and alerted officers that his wife had been kidnapped.

Anni Dewani’s body was found early Sunday morning in the abandoned vehicle.

Local officials theorised that the cab driver may have taken a wrong turn as the newlyweds searched for a local restaurant recommended by television chef Jaime Oliver, according to several media reports.

Safety minister Fritz was also frank about the dangers of traveling to the area where the carjacking took place.

“To be in a township at that time of night is very dangerous. It’s something I would never do,” she told the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Anni Dewani’s murder is expected to undo some of the success of the World Cup in promoting South Africa as a safe tourist destination and could damage the world’s perception of South Africa, industry insiders said on Tuesday.

“We hosted an incident-free World Cup and are now facing the very real risk that tragic incidents like this will negate our hard-won positive reputation and create another spiral of Afro-pessimism,” Cape Town development and tourism official Felicity Purchase told AFP.

“There is no doubt from a tourist perspective that it will have a negative -impact, especially with all the media attention,” said Johan Burger, a crime and justice specialist at the Institute for Security Studies.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with an average 46 homicides per day last year.

Cape Town tourism officials downplayed suggestions that Anni Dewani’s death represents an increased risk to visitors’ safety.

“There are thousands of incident-free tours and visits to the townships happening every year,” said tourism association chief Mariette du Toit-Helmbold in a statement.

“In this case, the spontaneity of the couple’s decision and their unfamiliarity with the area put them at great risk.”

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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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