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Spanish doctor charged with child sex abuse in Sweden

A Spanish doctor faces trial in Sweden, charged with sexually abusing 52 child patients, including several counts of aggravated rape, between 2015 and 2017.

Spanish doctor charged with child sex abuse in Sweden
A Swedish prosecutor and police presenting the charges. Photo: Hanna Franzén/TT

The 29-year-old is accused of having assaulted a total of 70 patients, including 18 adults, while working in several hospitals and health facilities in Sweden.

Prosecutors claim the doctor, who has been held in custody since December 2017, had examined child patients' genitals in cases when it was “medically irrelevant”.

The children were aged between two and 12. In four of the cases, “the crime should be deemed aggravated by (the doctor's) recklessness against the child's young age and abuse of his position”, prosecutors said in the charge sheet.

The man, who denies the charges, is also accused of filming some of the assaults, and of possessing child pornography.

The doctor, who also worked for an online health care service allowing clients to consult him via video chats, had allegedly asked parents to show their children's genitals.

“The abuse of the trust generally enjoyed by doctors, and the use of a new technology to commit sexual abuse, is unique and worrying,” Fredric Wikman, a lawyer representing several victims, told TT news agency.

The doctor, whose trial starts on September 20th, faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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