Malmö district court.
Malmö district court. Credit: Karolina Eriksson / TT

Extradited Swede formally arrested for attempted murder

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A Swedish neo-Nazi, arrested in Ukraine last November and extradited to Sweden this week, was on Wednesday placed under formal arrest in Sweden by a Malmö court, suspected of attempted murder.

In March 2014, two men and two women were attacked late at night in Malmö. They were walking home from a feminist demonstration themed "Reclaim the night", when they were attacked. Two of them sustained life-threatening injuries. Football supporter Showan Shattack had to be operated six times for a fractured scull.

"I have had to re-learn everything," he told news agency TT a year ago.

Three people were arrested, suspected of attempted murder, but the 32-year-old neo-Nazi managed to escape to Ukraine, where he was arrested last year by Ukrainian police. Since the attack, police have been able to follow him partly through his Facebook-page, where he posted several photos and updates. In April 2014 he noted on Facebook that his passport had been suspended, the daily Dagens Nyheter reports.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old was extradited from Ukraine to Swedish police and on Wednesday a Malmö court pronounced him formally arrested. The man's lawyer, Theodor Nordenadler, told Dagens Nyheter that his client has previously denied any wrongdoing but that he cannot comment further, due to secrecy laws.

At the time of the attack, the suspect was a member of the neo-Nazi "Party of the Swedes", which was disbanded after the election in 2014, where they had only received about 5,000 votes and not gained any seats in the local parliaments where they stood for election.

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