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Sweden's legal elite take ice bucket challenge

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Sweden's legal elite take ice bucket challenge
Photo: Screenshot Maria Melin
17:30 CET+01:00
A group of some of Sweden's top prosecutors, police officers and legal powerbrokers have joined the legions of people worldwide and subjected themselves to an icy shower to promote awareness of ALS.

The "Ice bucket challenge" trend began in the US earlier this year and went viral during the summer. The gesture became a common feature of social media in the ensuing months and Swedish legal eagles felt the run up to Christmas was their time to act.

The group of half-naked middle-aged men gathered in Stockholm's archipelago to submit to the deed and they have posted a video of their endeavours on Youtube as is the custom.

Featured in the video are Supreme Court justice Stefan Lindskog, Stockholm appeals court president Thomas Rollen, National Police Commissioner Bengt Svenson, Supreme Administrative Court justice Thomas Bull and Sten Heckscher, who has been Minister for Enterprise and the national police chief.

ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is also known as Lou Gherig's disease after a baseball player. The disease is a neurodegenerative disorder and only 4 percent of sufferers survive longer than 10 years after diagnosis. 

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