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Mystery shrouds Swedish farmer’s death

Police in southern Sweden are pursuing several lines of inquiry after a 53-year-old man was found dead on Friday, only two years after his brother and sister-in-law died in mysterious circumstances.

Mystery shrouds Swedish farmer's death

“There is a mass of information which we are working on,” said Håkan Adler at Skåne police to the TT news agency.

The 53-year-old was found dead on his farm in Viken in south-western Sweden on Midsummer’s Eve.

According to reports the man was found with serious injuries and there was a large quantity of blood in the room. Police are working on the theory that he was murdered.

The police were however unwilling to confirm the cause of death or if any murder weapon had been found. One of the theories under consideration is that the man died during a robbery after a window was found forced open.

This is not the first time the family has been hit by a mysterious death.

In May 2009 the man’s brother and sister-in-law died in their home, a short distance from where the farmer was found. The couple’s death was later classified as a tragic accident, but the police initially suspected that they had been poisoned.

Following the untimely death of the 53-year-old, the couple’s case could be re-opened, Håkan Adler said to Sveriges Radio (SR).

“We obviously have that in mind, but just at the moment we are in the process of collecting information. It could become relevant to look at that again,” he said.

The man’s younger brother also died tragically in 1990, committing suicide aged 28.

Police forensics are continuing to examine the crime scene on Monday. Interviews are ongoing with potential witnesses and no suspects have yet been identified.

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CRIME

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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