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Birgitta Ohlsson, of the Liberal Folkpartiet. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT

Minister wants tougher law for political attacks

Sweden's Democracy Minister Birgitta Ohlsson says courts should be handing out harsher punishments to people who make threats or attack politicians. She says to newspaper Dagens Nyheter that currently an elected politician has less protection from the law than a civil servant.

A survey by the Council for Crime Prevention says that one in six politicians have been targeted by threats, violence or harassment, in connection to their elected position.

But while Birgitta Ohlsson, from the Liberal Party, wants to see a change, the Justice Minister, from the Moderate Party, says the current law is enough.

An investigation will look at how courts currently deal with political threats.

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