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Former Sweden Democrat

MP Petzäll admitted to treatment against his will

Published måndag 24 oktober 2011 kl 12.08
William Petzäll became an independent in parliament, after he was ousted by the Sweden Democrats. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

The MP William Petzäll has involuntarily been admitted to treatment for drug abuse, the newspaper Aftonbladet reports. The social services in his local council found the step was necessary last week. Petzäll does not agree to the treatment, but on Friday a court of appeals upheld the decision.

Twenty-three-year-old Petzäll gained a seat in parliament with the Sweden Democrats during last year's election. In September this year, he became an independent MP, thereby resisting his party's pleas to resign after he had relapsed into substance abuse.

It is possible for social services in Sweden to admit a drug addict to treatment against his or her will, if there is deemed to be a serious danger to someone's health.

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