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'Timeout' for Sweden Democrat MP following drunken outburst

The Local/dl · 7 Feb 2011, 10:17

Published: 07 Feb 2011 10:17 GMT+01:00

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"He was extremely intoxicated with liquor and tablets when we took him in," police duty officer Hans Nilsson told the Expressen newspaper.

The 22-year-old Sweden Democrat entered the Riksdag in September as representative for Dalarna County in central Sweden.

He had previously been active in the far-right party's youth organisation and served in the local council in Borås in western Sweden.

On Saturday night, Petzäll showed up at a party in a flat in Trelleborg in southern Sweden that he shared with his ex-girlfriend. According to Expressen, the relationship ended several months ago.

The second time police showed up at the party after receiving calls about a disturbance, they found Petzäll drunk in the stairwell outside the flat.

According to police, he had damaged various objects and the interior of the apartment, the Aftonbladet newspaper reports.

Petzäll was also so intoxicated he was first taken to the emergency room before spending the night in a police station jail cell to sober up.

He later claimed the damage to the apartment occurred when he accidentally knocked over a television, but his actions have met with disapproval from his fellow Sweden Democrats.

"What happened is obviously unacceptable. As one of the party's Riksdag representatives, one must always exercise good judgement," the Sweden Democrats' deputy Riksdag group leader Sven-Olof Sällström said in a statement.

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"We've come to an agreement with William Petzäll that he immediately take a timeout from his political duties and that he seek help in order to deal seriously with the factors which lay behind the incident."

According to Sällsröm, Petzäll is now on sick leave from his role as a member of the Riksdag. He added that Petzäll isn't suspected of having committed any crime.

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10:44 February 7, 2011 by Joshe
Independent of political affiliation......Sweden's future seems to be very bright if ppl like him reach to parliament and interestingly most of these ppl belong to SD :)
11:02 February 7, 2011 by RobinHood
Sadly, getting drunk and making a public fool of yourself isn't the exclusive priviledge of SD politicians; or anyone else. Japanese Finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa, got drunk at a G7 meeting last year; he quit. Best of all was Boris Jeltsin who got so spendidly drunk on the flight from Moscow to Dublin, he couldn't get off the plane. I am sure there are plenty of equally spectacular Swedish drunken politicians over the years.

While drunken politicians are common, It is much more unusual to see a party taking disciplinary action so resolutely, instead of covering it up for years. Well done whoever "advised" this young man to take some time off. That's three times I have said something nice about the SD's in three weeks. Oh dear.
11:12 February 7, 2011 by UScitizen
There will soon be no SD's left in the government. Wasn't one kicked out last week for racist emails? And another can't speak Swedish. They're dropping like flies. As my wife said, you can put a thug in a suit but that doesn't make him a politician who belongs in the government.
12:06 February 7, 2011 by Jan M
So Dalarna is represented by a drunken 22 year old who can't handle a break-up. Brilliant. Leadership material of the highest order. What a piece of .....!
12:20 February 7, 2011 by Willissteel
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12:26 February 7, 2011 by flintis
Funny this is, you can meet several members of parliament every week in Stockholm who can hardly stand, usually it's the sossarna & the loony left drowning their tears.
12:42 February 7, 2011 by eppie
This happens as well in Holland. The far right party seems to consist solely of people arrested for assault, drunk driving etc. These kind of part just attracts a type of poorly educated lowlifes.

I mean if you are orignial enough thinking that sweden would be better of with such morons.....just because they have the right skin colour I can imagine you have difficulties getting normal people for your party.
12:50 February 7, 2011 by calebian22
A drunken Swede? How shocking!
13:01 February 7, 2011 by Rick Methven
@Willissteel & flintis

There is no need for the left to go out to get the SD, they do a good job of destroying themselves without any outside help.

There have been so many foot in mouth episodes with SD that has lead to members being suspended or thrown out in order to maintain the myth that are a main stream political party, that they will have no MP's or councillors left by the next election. It will be a one man party and will change its name to Jimmie Åkesson
13:02 February 7, 2011 by Boyfriend
That is why Islam prohibits drinking of alcohol.
13:12 February 7, 2011 by tin tin
@calebian22 you hit the nail on its head! lol
13:27 February 7, 2011 by prince T
The SD people are group of incompetent racists. The only thing they are good at is to fight foreigners. It is a pity that our people are voting for them. Removing invandrare will not solve Swedish problem. Sweden makes a lot of money in other countries even Arab world.

Åkesson could not defend his stand when put to task on BBC Hard Talk. He could not defend his statistics on rape. The guy is knowlegeable but he is neither a leadership material nor understand what he is doing at all.

There was a non racist that mistakenly won election on SD ticket in the last election. My my people will vote for anybody that is in SD irrespective of how irresponsible they are. it is a shame what sweden have become.
13:28 February 7, 2011 by Willissteel
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14:20 February 7, 2011 by Syftfel
While no one can condone Petzäll's behavior, clearly this story is manna from heaven for the social dems, anarchists, greens, and assorted slimeballs from the left. I'm sure they will extract a lot of mileage out of this story. What he uttered may easily have been true, although he should have availed himself of more civilized, and generally accepted, vernacular.
14:26 February 7, 2011 by Rick Methven
I see that Willissteel and Syftfel are showing us how erudite they are with their choice of language. Must be prime candidates to take over as head of SD
14:36 February 7, 2011 by Willissteel
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14:55 February 7, 2011 by RobinHood

Do you enjoy listening to Helter Skelter? Have you been watching your Charles Manson DVD collection again? You sound uncannily like him. Seek help before you carve a swastika on your forehead.
15:16 February 7, 2011 by Willissteel
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15:31 February 7, 2011 by Rick Methven

As you like so many of the Nazi trolls around here are not in Sweden, why do you care?

Please find another forum to practice writing on, we are tired of your illiterate ramblings
15:41 February 7, 2011 by Dave N
Charles Manson was the Prophet Mohammad of the 1960s.

Believed he was a prophet. Check.

Assembled a gang of fanatics.Check.

Sent assassins to murder people in their homes. Check.

Insatiable sexual appetite. Check.

Pity there wasn't a LAPD in Arabia in the 7th Century.
15:55 February 7, 2011 by Querist
Atleast he didn't buy chocolate with the public's money!!!

15:59 February 7, 2011 by laura ka baal

Even bible prohibits from drinking.
16:05 February 7, 2011 by Juan Harry Bush

Muslims don't drink because it would interfere with their bomb making : )

It's very serious work, a lot of skilled training. Hmmm, I wonder if they have a union rep?
16:33 February 7, 2011 by Jan M
Reflecting on it he's also very lucky to be walking around. If the contributors on here really believe that the SD are being persecuted and their movements tracked perhaps they can explain why nobody took the opportunity to break this guys legs when he was inebriated. Clearly extremely fortunate.
16:49 February 7, 2011 by calebian22

Actually there is no prohibition against drinking in the Bible. There are prohibitions against abusing alcohol and being a stumbling block for a weaker believer, but the act of drinking alcohol in and of itself is not prohibited. The act of taking Communion would be prohibited if you were correct.
17:19 February 7, 2011 by Ravioli
+I see that Willissteel and Syftfel are showing us how erudite they are with their choice of language. Must be prime candidates to take over as head of SD+

Yes, and you have been a model of clean, non-confrontational language here on these boards. LOL. Hello, pot. Meet kettle.

Aside from that nonsense, why is this news? Next thing you know TL will be printing about the SD member who didn't flush after he used the bathroom. Why not print a news story about REAL crimes against society? How about the Landskrona-based, Albanian FC Besa and its fans physically assaulted Perstorp FC last week? Or about the Musa Kara murder trial? No, we've got to get those SD people any way we can. Pathetic.
17:32 February 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
Laura, Calebian is right. Jesus didn't turn water into Gatoraide.
17:37 February 7, 2011 by Rick Methven
It was not Gatorade it was Coke. That was the start of the Coca Cola company and Jesus gave them the secret recipe which they have to this day
18:06 February 7, 2011 by mojofat
Too bad Jesus didn't turn water into Guinness...might just be enough to get me to church.
18:33 February 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
A meal in every glass.
19:15 February 7, 2011 by Willissteel
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19:53 February 7, 2011 by Ravioli
The "SD followers" don't even need to talk. Just let the lefties keep name-calling and burying their head in the sand at the problem. The SD followers do their talking at the ballot box.
23:38 February 7, 2011 by Zala Russe
I may never agree with the guy's politics, but I would defend to the last his right to be a 22 year-old. The current UK Prime Minister has conspicuously never denied being done for smoking dope at school, and belonged to an elite club at University with a reputation for getting hideously drunk and trashing restaurants.

Parliament should be representative of its citizenry in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age etc aside from political opinion. The last ever 22 year old British MP was a terrorist supporting Irish Republican. Most UK MP's these days are born middle-aged. This guy clearly has problems he found difficult to handle. Give him some breathing space. Maybe even, his politics will mature alongside his behaviour.
10:43 February 8, 2011 by Scambaiter
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!...SD, what a joke! What is a 22-year-old racist doing in parliament anyway? Better that I suppose than standing on a street corner with boot, braces and a crew cut beating up foreigners like in the good old days.

To Ravioli

You bozo. SD followers are mostly cowardly slimeballs who hide behind their computers spamming racist lies and propaganda on the Internet. Bet you'd never have the guts to stand up in pubic and spout your racist views. Enjoy the namecalling.
12:00 February 8, 2011 by Willissteel
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12:13 February 8, 2011 by RobinHood

Charles Manson was a racist who predicted a race war and murdered people to bring one about.

We all very much hope you go no further than being a racist who predicted a race war.
13:15 February 8, 2011 by Jes
I feel sorry for all the other honourable sane and mature members of Swedish parliament who have to sit with this brat . I mean , what do you seriously debate with a 22 year racist drunkard ?
14:23 February 8, 2011 by Rick Methven
It is rumoured that the other SD members in Parliament are in disarray as William Petzäll is the most erudite of the SD block.
15:26 February 8, 2011 by flintis

No one needs to make any predictions

Unfortunately there are far too many actual conflicts incited by difference of race.

@R Methven #9, where did I write the left were out to get SD? I bet Petzälls got a certificate proving he's a Swede, have you?
19:14 February 8, 2011 by Willissteel
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04:49 February 10, 2011 by wenddiver
Give the man a break, there's nothing wrong with being drunk, and assaultive. Sounds like a typical boyfriend type, so why give him a hard time.
01:28 February 21, 2011 by alecLoTh

Give him a hard time because he has opted to be in public office. Just because you believe in a party does not make you suitable to hold office. The calibre shown by this party is about the best we can expect from them.
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