SHARE
COPY LINK

SWEDEN DEMOCRATS

Sweden Democrat’s swastika wound ‘probably self-inflicted’

A forensic medical report has contradicted claims by a Sweden Democrat politician that he was attacked in his home by two masked men who carved a swastika into his forehead.

According to the report, there are strong indications that Malmö council candidate David von Arnold Antoni may have inflicted the wound on himself, casting doubt on his claims to have been pinned to the floor by two “Arab-sounding” men.

A medical examiner concluded that “the position and appearance of the injury provide strong indications that it was self-inflicted,” local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

The medical examiner said there was a 90 percent likelihood the story was a hoax, a source close to the investigation told Sydsvenskan.

Antoni is now being investigated for providing a false account of events after police also failed to find any evidence of intruders in his home. The politician denies concocting the story and inflicting the wound on himself.

Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmie Åkesson wrote an open letter on September 13th in a bid to highlight “the violence perpetrated by the extreme left.” He described the purported assault on Antoni as “one of the worst political acts our country has seen in modern times”.

Åkesson was unavailable on Saturday to comment on the medical examiner’s findings. But chief press officer Mattias Karsson said Antoni continued to have the party’s backing.

“Judging from our contact with him and the knowledge we have of him, there is nothing to support this version. He has come across as a person who is stable and down-to-earth,” he said.

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.

2022 SWEDISH ELECTION

Sweden Democrat politician charged for posting Hitler tribute

A politician for the populist Sweden Democrat party has been charged with hate crimes after his social media account posted a picture of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler and compared black people to monkeys.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for posting Hitler tribute

Mikael Lundin, the deputy chair of the Sweden Democrats in the city of Östersund in northwest Sweden, was charged with hate crimes after the organisation Näthatsgranskaren reported him to the police for a series of posts made by his profile on the Russian social media group VK. 

The posts included a series of pictures praising Hitler, including one with the words “our oath: all for Germany”, and one comparing black people with apes, according to the prosecutor in the case. 

He also in 2017 posted a picture which called for Sweden’s then Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven to be assassinated. 

Lundin denies making the posts, claiming that someone in his household may have been using his account. 

“I cannot give away that much now, but a lot of things are going to come out during the court case,” he told the anti-extremist website Expo. “It may be that someone has logged into my account and posted stuff up there.” 

In his interview with the police, Lundin said that he suspected that either someone in his household had shared the posts, or that he had been hacked. 

An analysis of Lundin’s VK account shows that he is closely linked to members of the extreme neo-Nazi Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR), with the extremist group’s leader Simon Lindberg and its parliamentary leader Pär Öberg both among his friends. 

The Sweden Democrats called the posts that Lundin is accused of making as “unusually distasteful and serious”, and said it had opened an investigation into whether Lundin should have his membership annulled. 

“There are reasons to doubt the credibility of the explanations which have been given and the party has, as a result, decided to open an investigation into him in its membership committee,” Ludvig Grufman, a press secretary for the party, said. “The individual in question has also been encouraged to resign from his party posts.” 

SHOW COMMENTS