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Germany extradites ‘laser man’ racist killer to Sweden

Germany said Friday it had extradited to Sweden John Ausonius, the convicted killer known as "the laser man" for using a precision-scope rifle to target immigrants and a Holocaust survivor.

Germany extradites 'laser man' racist killer to Sweden
Ausonius on trial in Frankfurt in February 2018. Photo: DPA

“He was extradited on Thursday,” Frankfurt state prosecutor Nadja Niesen
told AFP.

Ausonius, a 65-year-old Swedish citizen, has been found guilty of murder in
both countries, most recently receiving a life term in Germany in February
last year that was upheld on appeal in November.

Previously he was already serving a life sentence in Sweden for a six-month
shooting spree in 1991-92.

Using the laser-scoped rifle, he had killed a 34-year-old Iranian man and
wounded 10 other people from countries including Brazil, Greece, Syria and
Zimbabwe.

In a sign of Ausonius's notoriety, Norwegian white supremacist mass
murderer Anders Behring Breivik at his own trial mentioned the “laser man” as
a figure who shared the same goals.

The convict, who was extradited to Germany in late 2016, was in February
2018 found guilty of the murder of 68-year-old Jewish Holocaust survivor
Blanka Zmigrod in Frankfurt in 1992.

Ausonius, having now received life terms in two countries, is considered
almost certain to spend the rest of his life locked up without parole.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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