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SD videos subject of legal inquiry

The controversial films published by Expressen last week which show leading Sweden Democrats using racist and sexist language are now subject to a legal inquiry.

Police and prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation to assess whether the politicians’ statements constitute incitement to racial hatred.

The film was shot by Sweden Democrat politician Kent Ekeroth in the summer of 2010 when he and two other party members got embroiled in a drunken argument.

In one clip, Erik Almqvist, who would later become the Sweden Democrats’ economic policy spokesperson, hurls racist abuse at comedian Soran Ismail and others.

Several people have reported the incident to the police and now the preliminary investigation is underway.

According to prosecutor Mats Åhlund, Almqvist’s statements constitute incitement to racial hatred as they express dislike of persons based on their ethnicity.

However, if the investigation finds that the insults were directed at only one person, it might be defined as an insult.

The three SD politicians involved in the incident are at this stage not suspected of any crime. Instead it is the context of the incident which is to be investigated.

A further film clip shows Kent Ekeroth, Erik Almqvist and Christian Westling picking up aluminum pipes from a construction site. They let go of the pipes when they notice police officers approaching them.

That incident, too, could become the subject of an investigation but the prosecutor has not made a decision on the matter yet.

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