Gothenburg murder suspect found in Canada

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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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”