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Photo: Leif R Jansson / TT.
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Picture from the police investigation. Photo: Polisen /TT.

Neo-Nazis cleared of attacking Nigerians

Three men were acquitted on counts of assault, battery, and attempted murder in an attack on two Nigerian men in the southern Stockholm suburb of Hökarängen in 2013.

One man was stabbed in the stomach and the other beaten, reports news agency TT. The motive was their skin color, according to the prosecutor for the case. The three suspects belonged to the neo-Nazi organization, the Swedish Resistance Movement.

In a statement to the press, the district court stated that the only evidence which linked the men to the attack was a witness who had previously been under suspicion.

"Information from a person who is or has been suspected for involvement must be considered carefully and by itself isn't enough for a conviction," wrote the judge Sara Rosen in the press release.

Despite being cleared of the charges in the attack, two of the suspects were sentenced to seven months in prison for other charges: rioting and incitement to racial hatred over a nazi attack against a demonstration in Kärrtorp, December 2013.

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