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Cabbie sex offender remains at the wheel

A taxi-driver in Uppsala in central Sweden who was convicted of sexual harassment against a woman passenger last autumn can continue to drive his cab after appealing the verdict, despite two more reported offences.

“I think it is terrible, he really shouldn’t be allowed to drive a taxi considering what has happened,“ said Johanna Olsson, one of the man’s victims to the broadcaster TV4.

In January, Olsson was returning home after undergoing surgery at Enköping hospital. Suddenly the cabdriver put his hand on her chest and tried to let it wander down towards her groin.

Olsson tried to protect herself from the man’s roaming hands but she was weak from the operation and in severe pain.

“I was in a taxi with a man I didn’t know and I had no idea what he was capable of, so I was terribly frightened,” she told TV4.

She is shocked that he can continue to drive a cab considering the charges against him.

But at the Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) they say that there is little they can do.

“Before we can revoke a taxi licence the verdict has to gain legal force, which usually takes about three weeks. If the verdict is appealed we have to wait until the second verdict gains legal force,“ Rolf Arbin of the agency told the broadcaster.

Since harassing Johanna Olsson the man has yet again been reported. This time he allegedly groped and made sexual advances towards a severely ill woman in her seventies who was returning home from Uppsala hospital.

“The worst thing is that he is allowed to continue. No one knows how many women he has harassed,“ Olsson said to TV4.

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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.”

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