A 33-year-old man, of neo-Nazi ideology according to the Swedish media, has confessed this Thursday to the stabbing murder of a 64-year-old woman, psychiatry coordinator for the Organization of Swedish Municipalities and Regions (SKR).
The suspect’s lawyer, Staffan Frederiksson, made public today that the man, arrested this Wednesday near the scene, admits to having ended the life of the victim with a knife, although he did not detail what his motivation was.
According to the Aftonbladet newspaper, the suspect has participated in demonstrations by the neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) and has written articles for the online publication Nordfront, of the same ideology.
In addition, the detainee made publications on social networks in which he denied that the Holocaust had occurred, although at the moment the police said they did not know if the attack was politically motivated.
This took place on Wednesday in the streets of Visby, on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, which hosts the Almedalen this week, a traditional political forum in which representatives of all the country’s forces participate.
Prosecutor Petra Götell, who is leading the preliminary investigations, stated today that part of the fact that the detainee chose his victim, Ing-Marie Wieselgren, deliberately, due to her public profile and her commitment to the field of mental health.
According to the SKR, Wieselgren was one of Sweden’s most knowledgeable and experienced people in the field of psychiatry and social services and was at the Almedalen to moderate a seminar. After receiving several stab wounds to her neck, she was taken to a hospital where she died overnight.
Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson called the attack “terrible news” and expressed her condolences to the victim’s friends and family.
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