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Sweden Democrats sue parliament

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Sweden Democrats sue parliament
08:36 CET+01:00
The Sweden Democrats have sued the Riksdag in the administrative court after they lost their financial support for former member William Petzäll, who left the party in the autumn.

"Every krona which we consider we have the right to is important," said Mikael Valtersson at the Sweden Democrats to the Expressen daily.

The party has now filed a complaint with the administrative court (förvaltningsrätten) in Stockholm to claim the 52,800 kronor per month received for William Petzäll's seat.

William Petzäll announced in late September that he had decided to leave the party and remain in the Riksdag as an independent.

The 23-year-old explained his decision that he planned to use his seat in the Riksdag to "push my pet issue and increase awareness. To develop more concrete measures to help young alcoholics and drug addicts."

Petzäll was forced to take time out from politics in February after he turned up at a party in Trelleborg drunk and disorderly, later spending the night in a police jail cell to sober up.

After failing to adhere to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation programme the party hierarchy called on Petzäll to resign his seat and step aside. The young MP refused.

According to senior party member Erik Almqvist, Petzäll demanded up to 3 million kronor from the party as his price for vacating his seat. A demand that the party refused to agree to.

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