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Man to face remand for Gothenburg kidnap

The 24-year-old man arrested on Friday on suspicion of having kidnapped a nine-year-old schoolgirl in Gothenburg is set to be remanded into custody on Monday.

Man to face remand for Gothenburg kidnap

The man has confessed to having abducted the girl but denies kidnapping her and maintains that the offence amounts to unlawful deprivation of liberty.

“There will be a discussion regarding the offence, but my assessment is still that it is a kidnap,” said prosecutor Per-Erik Rinsell to the TT news agency.

The remand hearing will take place at Gothenburg District Court on Monday.

The 24-year-old man was interviewed by police on Sunday.

“In principle it was a repeat of Friday’s interrogation,” the man’s lawyer Claes Östlund said to TT.

Östlund explained that he expected his client to be remanded into custody and that he will maintain his stance that the crime should be unlawful deprivation of liberty.

“He realizes that he has done wrong. He knows the rules of the game and is currently waiting for Monday’s remand hearing.”

Nine-year-old Anna disappeared while walking the short distance to school from her home in the Gothenburg suburb of Örgryte on Thursday morning.

She was however not reported missing by the school until Thursday afternoon, prompting a massive police and public search operation.

Up to 800 members of the public took part in the search which was coordinated by the Missing People charity and ended successfully in the early hours of Friday morning.

The 24-year-old suspect is reported to have taken part in the search and ultimately handed over the girl, claiming to have found her in a nearby park.

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Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

A Polish court ruled on Friday that the 36-year-old man who turned himself in over the murder of a mother-of-two in Trollhättan, western Sweden, should be extradited to Sweden.

Trollhättan suspect to be extradited to Sweden

The man is suspected of murdering a 23-year-old woman, who has been missing since June 30th in the western Swedish town, roughly 75 kilometres north of Gothenburg.

“We can confirm that on Monday we detained a Swedish man who was being searched for internationally by Swedish police,” Mariusz Sokolowski of the national Polish police force told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

“This occurred in the Swedish embassy in Warsaw. We came there at the request of the embassy.”

He added that the case was taken as seriously in Poland as it is in Sweden.

IN PICTURES: Police and the Missing People volunteers join the search

The 36-year-old suspect had been detained before in Sweden on suspicion of kidnapping, while two younger men were detained for aiding a criminal. He will be back on Swedish shores within ten days.

The hunt for the woman’s body has been extensive, involving police divers and hundreds of members of the volunteer Missing People organization. Her body is still missing.

TT/The Local/

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