Justice ministry working on Thomas Quick review

Sweden's justice minister has ordered a structural review to find out how the judiciary first felled then cleared "serial killer" Thomas Quick of eight murders, in the landmark legal case which took a final twist on Wednesday.

Justice ministry working on Thomas Quick review

“It’s a very unique decision,” Justice Minister Beatrice Ask said upon news that the Swedish prosecutor’s office had decided to drop the eighth and final murder charge against Thomas Quick, who nowadays goes under the name Sture Bergwall.

“It is rare in Swedish judiciary history and it is serious that someone has been convicted of so many serious crimes and then been cleared,” she told the TT news agency.

Her ministry has set about trying to find how the two-decade long drama came about. Her staff are looking at drafting directives on to structure a proper review of the case.

“The review will investigate partly how the judiciary acted, and partly whether there are structural weaknesses,” Ask said.

She reiterated the chief prosecutor’s view that it would probably be impossible to hold a single person accountable for the palaver.

“We don’t have reviews that aim to judge people. We have rules, we have statutes of limitations. We have to keep to basic principles about how to find out whether people have acted correctly or incorrectly,” Ask said.

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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.”