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Gothenburg murder suspect found in Canada

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A man detained in absentia for 14 years for a murder in Gothenburg has been arrested in Canada, according to a media report on Monday.

When he applied for asylum there, authorities discovered that he was wanted for the murder of a man in northeastern Gothenburg's Lunden district, newspaper Göteborgs-Tidningen (GT) reported on Monday. Swedish authorities are now working on an extradition request.

The murder took place in December 1996. Neighbours heard a row in the victim's apartment and testified that they later saw a man jump from the balcony and run away.

The arrest comes as the Swedish government intensifies its search for murder suspects abroad.

A 43-year-old man who was suspected of a murder and an attempted murder in Sweden for over 10 years was arrested in Finland last month, Expressen reported on its website on Tuesday. The man has been wanted since the crimes were committed in a Södertälje pub in 2000.

Finnish police wrote in a statement that the man was arrested in a summer cabin in northern Karelia in eastern Finland on January 29th. He was taken into custody on Tuesday in Finland on suspicion of possession of firearms and aggravated drug crimes.

However, a 40-year-old man previously arrested in Gävle in eastern Sweden for suspicion of a murder he allegedly committed in the Middle East was released last week.

The man is seeking asylum in Sweden and fell under suspicion for murder after a Swedish National Migration Board (Migrationsverket) officer filed a police report against him.

"The suspicions remain. However, they are not strong enough to keep him in custody," prosecutor Micah Dahlberg told newspaper Gefle Dagblad's online edition on Thursday.

According to Dahlberg, information has emerged that brings the man's statements into question.

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