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Malmö hate crime complaints seldom lead to prosecution

Published onsdag 21 januari 2015 kl 09.07
Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT
Shneur Kesselman from Jewish Community of Malmö who spoke with the news program Uppdrag Granskning about hate crimes directed at him. Photo: Stig-Åke Jönsson / TT.

The investigative news program Uppdrag Granskning found that many criminal complaints of hate crimes in Malmö do not lead to prosecution. More than half of the complaints were for incidents during 2013 and 2014 directed at Jewish individuals.

During the two-year period there were 137 reports filed with the Malmö police, and the complaints ranged from graffiti swastikas to harassment and bomb threats.

Thomas Bull, who works at the hate crime police in Malmö, told the news program that none of the complaints which concerned threats or taunts against jews had led to prosecution.

The show reported that investigations were nearly always closed due to lack of evidence. Some years ago the police received 13 complaints against one suspect who had harassed a staff member at a Jewish community center. But the case was abandoned when the prosecutor determined that it could not be proved that the suspect had committed a crime.

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