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Woman ‘lived for months’ with rotting corpse

A 52-year-old Swedish woman is believed to have lived with a dead body on her sofa for months, after police found the body of a dead man, reported missing in September, decomposing in her living room.

”She was dancing around naked in the flat,” a source close to the investigation revealed to daily Aftonbladet.

The 67-year-old man had been reported missing in September this year and early on in the investigation police had contacted the woman who denied knowing the man’s whereabouts.

The man and the woman knew each other and were known to spend time together.

Upon contacting the woman for a second round of questioning recently, however, police came across a macabre find in the woman’s living room.

Police found the man tucked up on the woman’s sofa. Forensic analysis subsequently revealed that he had likely been dead for several months and his body was in an advanced stage of putrefaction.

Despite there being no indications at this point that the woman was responsible for the man’s death, she was arrested on account of being in the flat with the corpse.

An autopsy to determine the cause of death was performed on Tuesday and after the preliminary results came in from the National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket, RMV), the woman was released.

”This is probably not a murder. The woman is sick and it is just very tragic,” said Lars Lundin of the South Stockholm police to Aftonbladet prior to the release.

A neighbour also told Aftonbladet that the woman has mental problems.

”She can’t really take care of herself. Sometimes she puts on the war paint and then you know she is really bad. Then I tend to make a call, so she gets brought in and gets help,” the neighbour said.

According to the woman’s lawyer, she denies any responisbility for the man’s death.

“She has nothing to do with the death,” said lawyer Anton Strand to daily Expressen.

Neighbours had been complaining about a lingering smell in the stairwell of the house, but had not known what the source was, according to Expressen.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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