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Hate crime

Police did not pursue Twitter incitement case

Published fredag 19 juli 2013 kl 10.07

A man who expressed joy over a five-year-old Somali girl's death on Twitter was reported several times to the police, who acknowledged it appeared to be a case of incitement to racial hatred but did not pursue an investigation, Radio Sweden has found.

The girl died by a lake in western Sweden earlier this month and the police suspect she may have been murdered.

In response, the 50-year-old man tweeted a link to an article about the case, along with the comment: "And! That's one less Somali in Sweden...Yes."

Bernt Zarnowiezki, a department head of the Greater Gothenburg police, told Radio Sweden that an investigation was not pursued since it was not possible to identify the suspected man because Twitter's server is located in the United States.

However, Radio Sweden was able within minutes to establish that the person, whose name was already known, is a man who is 50 years old and lives in Nykvarn, east-central Sweden.

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