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Lisa Holm suspect to remain in custody

UPDATED: A Swedish court has ordered a 35-year-old arrested on suspicion of murdering 17-year-old Lisa Holm to remain in custody after a hearing on Tuesday.

Lisa Holm suspect to remain in custody
Lisa Holm disappeared after her shift at a café. Photo: TT

The Chief Prosecutor in the Lisa Holm case, Anette Olsson, claimed before the hearing on Tuesday morning that new forensic evidence had strengthened the case against the suspect, whom she has requested remain in custody for a further month. 

Later on Tuesday she told the Aftonbladet tabloid that forensic teams had found DNA linking the 35-year-old man to the alleged murder.

“But we're still in the middle of the investigation,” said Olsson.

Prosecutors are still waiting for the final forensic report to determine how and when Lisa Holm was killed.

At the same time the lawyer defending the suspect Inger Rönnbäck claimed ahead of the hearing that there is new information that points to her client’s innocence. 

“I have through some contacts understood that that is the case. I await with interest to find out what the further investigation has shown,” Rönnbäck told the TT newswire.

Rönnbäck said her client was “heartbroken” by the allegations.

“He has the same attitude as before – that he is completely innocent,” she said.

The detention hearing was held in Skaraborg District Court in Skövde on Tuesday.

Lisa Holm, 17, disappeared on June 7th after working a shift at a café in Lidköping, a small town in a rural area north east of Gothenburg, close to two of Sweden's largest lakes.

Her body was found a week later after the largest volunteer search in Swedish history, and her tragic fate shocked the whole of Sweden.

Earlier this month, police found the moped helmet belonging to the teenager. She had the helmet with her when she vanished.

Holm sent a text message at 6.23pm to her family telling them she was on her way home to Skövde, but never arrived. Her moped was found parked outside the café with the keys in the ignition.

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Swedish Green leader: ‘Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity’

The riots that rocked Swedish cities over the Easter holidays were nothing to do with religion or ethnicity, but instead come down to class, the joint leader of Sweden's Green Party has told The Local in an interview.

Swedish Green leader: 'Easter riots nothing to do with religion or ethnicity'

Ahead of a visit to the school in Rosengård that was damaged in the rioting, Märta Stenevi said that neither the Danish extremist Rasmus Paludan, who provoked the riots by burning copies of the Koran, nor those who rioted, injuring 104 policemen, were ultimately motivated by religion. 

“His demonstration had nothing to do with religion or with Islam. It has everything to do with being a right extremist and trying to to raise a lot of conflict between groups in Sweden,” she said of Paludan’s protests. 

“On the other side, the police have now stated that there were a lot of connections to organised crime and gangs, who see this as an opportunity to raise hell within their communities.”

Riots broke out in the Swedish cities of Malmö, Stockholm, Norrköping, Linköping and Landskrona over the Easter holidays as a result of Paludan’s tour of the cities, which saw him burn multiple copies of the Koran, the holy book of Islam. 

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More than 100 police officers were injured in the riots, sparking debates about hate-crime legislation and about law and order. 

According to Stenevi, the real cause of the disorder is the way inequality has increased in Sweden in recent decades. 

“If you have big chasms between the rich people and poor people in a country, you will also have a social upheaval and social disturbance. This is well-documented all across the world,” she says. 
 
“What we have done for the past three decades in Sweden is to create a wider and wider gap between those who have a lot and those who have nothing.” 

 
The worst way of reacting to the riots, she argues, is that of Sweden’s right-wing parties. 
 
“You cannot do it by punishment, by adding to the sense of outsider status, you have to start working on actually including people, and that happens through old-fashioned things such as education, and a proper minimum income, to lift people out of their poverty, not to keep them there.”

This, she says, is “ridiculous”, when the long-term solution lies in doing what Sweden did to end extreme inequality at the start of the 20th century, when it created the socialist folkhem, or “people’s home”. 

“It’s easy to forget that 100 to 150 years ago, Sweden was a developing country, with a huge class of poor people with no education whatsoever. And we did this huge lift of a whole nation. And we can do this again,” she says. “But it needs resources, it needs political will.” 
 
 
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