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Police on new trail in Instagram riot case

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Police on new trail in Instagram riot case
09:42 CET+01:00
Police in Gothenburg have shifted their investigation from the 17-year-old girl who was believed to be behind December's Instagram riot after linking an IP address to a new suspect.

The investigation into the girl who was thought to be behind the Instagram account created to name and shame “teen sluts” is now headed in a new direction, with police concluding the 17-year-old girl is innocent.

While the investigation into the girl remains formally open, everyone investigating the case understands the teen had nothing to do with the account and officers are now looking to arrest a new suspect, according to the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper (GP).

“The situation remains unchanged,” explained prosecutor Annika Boman to GP in reference to the criminal suspicions against the teen.

“We're still waiting on the results of the forensic investigation.”

On the last Tuesday before Christmas, high school students assembled outside the Plusgynmasiet high school in Gothenburg in an attempt to find the owner of the anonymous Instagram account.

The protests quickly turned into vandalism and saw the 27 arrests of what police called "rabble rousers", with the chaotic scenes continuing into the next day.

The 17-year-old former suspect has since kept a low profile, moving to a secret location with her family after receiving continued threats, wrote GP.

She took to her blog on Friday after her innocence was announced in Swedish media.

“I want to say thanks to everyone who has been on my side and who didn't suspect me from day one because they knew I wasn't the person who did it and everyone who trusted me when I said I was innocent.”

Now, police are working to bring in the new suspect – who is not the same person who came forward to the Aftonbladet newspaper in the same week as the drama, according to GP.

Meanwhile, local police have been kept busy with the charges of violence and assault that occurred during the two-day riots.

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