Swedish suspect charged with ‘terrorism’ over last July’s Gotland murder

Swedish suspect charged with 'terrorism' over last July's Gotland murder
Image of the town of Almedalen in Gotland, Sweden. Credit: Google maps - Erik Gyllenstierna

A 33-year-old Swedish man has been charged with ‘terrorism’ over the murder of Ing-Marie Wieselgren in Gotland last July.


After being found guilty of killing a woman near the annual Almedalen political festival on the island of Gotland in July, a 33-year-old Swedish man has been charged with ‘terrorism’.

His victim was Ing-Marie Wieselgren, a prominent psychiatrist who he fatally stabbed. The suspect was arrested for the murder of the woman who worked as a coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions.

According to police sources, they believe that he also probably intended to kill Annie Lööf, the leader of the Centre Party. The politician had long been a target of far-right groups and was on the island on the day of Wieselgren’s murder.

Prior to the attack, which was carried out in the town of Visby in broad daylight, the detainee had collected an assortment of weapons. They included a bow and arrow, two swords, and a knife.

A psychiatric assessment ordered by the court determined that he was mentally ill at the time of committing the murder. The killing of Wieselgren was premeditated in order to ’cause serious fear among the population’ in Sweden said prosecutors.

Detailed information about the movements and plans of both Wieselgren and Lööf during Almedalen were reportedly found by investigators. As a result, the murder has been labelled an ‘act of terrorism’, and the detainee’s murder trial is expected to begin on November 8, as reported by euronews.com.


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