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Swedish tourist found dead in Morocco

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A Swedish tourist to Morocco has died after being found injured in a pool of blood. Local police call it an accidental death but his family is certain he was murdered.

“He was killed,” said his brother, Johnny Olsson, to daily Aftonbladet.

Christer Olsson, 48, was a frequent traveller and had visited Morocco many times before. He had set off on another journey last Wednesday, planning to be gone for five weeks.

But only a few days into his trip, the family in Sweden received a call from the foreign ministry telling them that Olsson had died.

According to the police report Olsson had been found near a gully, at the outskirts of Marrakesh, still alive but lying in a pool of blood.

His personal phone, wallet and passport were gone.

“He had climbed out of the gully. They had seen blood traces coming up the slope and a lot of blood further down in a ravine, “ said his brother to the paper.

Olsson later died in hospital.

According to police, the cause of death was “accidental” and the police report said that Olsson had been “reeking of alcohol”.

“But Christer is a teetotaller. He hasn't touched alcohol in 15 years. And why are his personal belongings missing?” wondered his brother,

The family have been told that there will be no autopsy in Morocco, as Olsson was found alive. According to Moroccan officials an investigation into his death is underway, but that they won't know much for at least six months.

Not satisfied with the Moroccan version of events, the family has started its own investigation and are calling for information via Facebook.

Swedish police told the paper that there is little they can do at the moment.

“The body will eventually arrive back in Sweden and it will be autopsied then. As a relative it is probably best to wait and see,” said Anders Jacobsson of the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalen) to Aftonbladet.

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