Lindh’s Killer on Trial Again

Sweden’s highest court begins its review of Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh’s murder this week.

The court will decide once and for all whether the man who has admitted to stabbing her, 25 year old Mijailo Mijailovic will spend life in prison or undergo psychiatric care. Experts are also saying that, in theory, Mijailovic could be set free by the court.

Set to open Wednesday, the Supreme Court trial is the third trial in the Lindh killing in less than a year and the outcome is seen as entirely open.

Anna Lindh died on September 11, 2003, a day after Mijailovic, a 25-year-old man with a history of psychiatric illness, knifed her repeatedly in the stomach, chest and arms while she was shopping at a Stockholm department store without a bodyguard.

The prosecution has requested that the Supreme Court overturn the appeals court ruling of psychiatric care and sentence Mijailovic to life imprisonment. In Sweden, a person who is diagnosed as suffering from a severe psychiatric disorder cannot be sentenced to prison.