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Chinese man jailed for exchange student killing

A 24-year-old Chinese exchange student has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Swedish court for the murder of a Chinese woman who was also studying at Örebro University in central Sweden.

According to the Örebro District Court’s ruling, Junhui Pan should be expelled from Sweden following the completion of his prison term.

He has also been ordered to pay the family of the victim, 24-year-year-old Hao Chen, 576,400 kronor ($90,000) in compensation.

Chen was stabbed 25 times in a residential neighbourhood in Örebro on March 31st of this year while out walking with a friend.

She suffered fatal stab wounds to the chest, face, arms, legs and back, dying from internal bleeding at hospital several hours after the attack.

During the ensuing investigation, Pan expressed his regret for the attack, saying he would have committed suicide had he not been arrested so quickly, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reported.

In explaining his motive for attacking the woman, Pan said he fancied Chen, but had failed to garner her attention.

The case of unrequited love left Pan depressed and suicidal as he contemplated whether or not he should kill Chen in order to end his own suffering.

The day of the attack, Pan took a large knife and walked to the Brickebacken neighbourhood and attacked Chen from behind.

A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation revealed no indication that Pan suffered from a mental illness, paving the way for a prison sentence for the killing.

Pan’s defence attorney, Åke Söderström told Nerikes Allehanda that the sentence was expected.

“Sixteen years isn’t surprising,” he said.

“The decision about deportation following the sentence isn’t unexpected either.”

While he plans to discuss the verdict with his client, Söderström said there is nothing to indicate that they will appeal the ruling.

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Sweden’s Volvo Cars may merge with Chinese owner Geely

Sweden's Volvo Cars and its Chinese owner Geely announced on Monday that they are considering merging into a single group in order to share resources, but would preserve their separate brands.

Sweden's Volvo Cars may merge with Chinese owner Geely
File photo of a Volvo test-drive. Photo: Christine Olsson / TT

The merged firm “would have the scale, knowledge and resources to be a leader in the ongoing transformation of the automotive industry,” they said in a statement.

“The combination would preserve the distinct identity of each of the brands Volvo, Geely, Lynk & Co and Polestar,” they added.

Geely bought Volvo in 2010 from Ford which hadn't been able to turn around the Swedish automaker. But under the Chinese firm Volvo has rebounded and smashed its sales records.

Volvo sold more than 705,000 vehicles in 2019, besting the record it set in 2018 by 10 percent, and the automaker expects continued growth this year.

The statement said the firms would create a joint working group to prepare a proposal for the boards of both firms.

“A combined company would have access to the global capital market through Hong Kong and with the intention to subsequently list in Stockholm as well,” it added.

Volvo put off a share listing in 2018 due to tensions in global markets.

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