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Sweden Democrat MP told to take time-out

Published torsdag 24 november 2016 kl 17.04
Kent Ekeroth
Sweden Democrat MP Kent Ekeroth has been asked to take a time-out. Credit: Jessica Gow/TT

Kent Ekeroth has been urged by Sweden Democrat party leader Jimmie Åkesson to take a time-out from his work in the parliament's justice committee after he allegedly assaulted a person outside a Stockholm night club.

Ekeroth has been reported to police by a man who claims Ekeroth punched him in the face during an argument outside a Stockholm night club late on Wednesday night. According to Aftonbladet, the man said something to provoke Ekeroth after the Sweden Democrat MP was declined entry to the club. 

”If you are subject to an accusation, no matter what happened, that is so serious that you cannot act in the justice committee with the matters handled there. It is important that he take a time-out from this assignment until the case has been investigated,” Jimmie Åkesson told TT news agency.

Ekeroth himself, however, claims he acted in self defence.

”I defended myself on a reflex by giving the attacker a light slap,” Ekeroth wrote in a text message to Aftonbladet.

In November 2012 Ekeroth was one of three leading Sweden Democrat politicians using racist and sexist jeers against several people, among them the comedian Soran Ismail, during a night out. In a video from the night, the three party members were seen picking up metal pipes and behaving in a threatening manner.

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