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Man re-arrested for Dalarna murder mystery

A 36-year-old man has been remanded into custody, suspected of murdering a woman who was found dead in a burnt-out apartment in central Sweden in 2006.

The man has previously been arrested and held for the crime, which occurred in August, 2006, in Avesta, but was released at the time due to lack of evidence.

However, after a witness has come forward stating that he saw the man on the night of the murder, the suspect was arrested again on Monday for the probable cause of murder.

“We have worked tirelessly throughout all these years. After several appeals to the public for information, a witness showed up who hadn’t thought that his information was relevant at first,” said prosecutor Per-Göran Persson to the TT news agency.

The 31-year-old victim, Pernilla Theorin, had been at a bachelorette party with friends at an Avesta eatery on Saturday, August 12th, 2006.

She was found dead in her burnt out apartment on Sunday morning, with police suspecting a connection between the fire and the death, and launching an investigation into murder.

“This was one of the pieces of the puzzle that we needed, strengthening the suspicions. What he [the witness] has observed makes his information of high interest to us,” Persson said.

The murder suspect, who was previously sentenced to prison in Skövde for assaulting a woman in 2008, still denies his involvement in the crime after a week of interrogations.

“But we’re not there yet. We still need people who have information to come forward,” said Persson.

More people will be interrogated during the week in light of the new witness information. The 36-year-old remains the only suspect for the crime.

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Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

The man behind the knife attack at Sweden's Almedalen political festival has been active in the militant neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement, Swedish media have reported.

Almedalen knife attacker linked to Swedish neo-Nazi groups: reports

He has taken part in several neo-Nazi demonstrations over the past few years and has also expressed support for the extreme right Alternative for Sweden party on social media, the Expressen newspaper reported.

The Moderate MP Hanif Bali said on Twitter after the news came out that the stabbing was “a terror attack”. “This is nothing other than a terror attack”. 

The man stabbed a woman in the upper body at the Donners plats square only a minute’s walk from the stage where all eight of Sweden’s parliamentary party leaders are making speeches this week at the Almedalen political festival. The women is being treated for severe injuries at the Visby Lasarett hospital. 

The 30-something attacker fled the scene but was stopped and arrested by Lars Reuterberg, a 69-year-old pensioner. 

Reuterberg told the TT newswire that he had heard someone shout “stop him!” and then seen a man jump over a fence from the corner restaurant. 

“I thought he’d nicked a bag or something, and my spontaneous reaction was ‘I should take him down’. He wasn’t such a big guy, certainly no bodybuilder, so I tried to look a little uninterested, but when he came near me he ended up on the end of mighty great shove.” 

The man flew into a door and then just lay here. “It was only then I saw that he had a knife, which I hadn’t known earlier, because then I might have acted differently,” he said. 

“I’m livid now,” he went on. “This is the world’s most unique political week, a people’s festival where you can meet politicians and celebrities and everyone says ‘hi’, where there are journalists and everything. And this nutter goes and wrecks it all.” 

“I’m quite proud of myself,” he admitted. “I was never afraid. I’m afraid now for the woman who got stabbed.”

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