A headshot of Mattias Karlsson
Mattias Karlsson leads the Sweden Democrats in the Swedish parliament. Credit: Tomas Oneborg/SvD/TT

Top Sweden Democrat reported to police - compared teenagers to terrorist

The Sweden Democrats group leader in Parliament has been reported to the police for defamation and copyright infringement, writes tabloid Aftonbladet.

On Facebook, Mattias Karlsson published a picture, without permission from the copyright holder, alongside a comment in which he accused two young people of illegally staying in Sweden and compared them to the suspected terrorist Rakhmat Akilov.

"When I saw what he had done with my picture and that his posts had been shared so much, I became very angry and sad. He is a member of Parliament and should know better than doing this, " said one of the teenagers who took a selfie along with a friend and a smiling policeman during last weekend's Nazi demonstration in Gothenburg. Both of them hold residence permits in Sweden, according to news agency TT.

In a new Facebook post, Mattias Karlsson wrote that he had previously been informed that the young people in the picture were illegal immigrants but that he has now been informed that it was not correct, and he issued an apology.

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