Many thanks to our Swedish correspondent Freedom Fighter for the translation from Expressen:
Gang nearly kills 61-year-old, who is in a coma — six arrested
The 61-year-old man was nearly beaten to death by a gang of youths. The possible motive may have been that he rebuked the boys after they teased his dog.
Seven boys were brought in for questioning on Wednesday. Six of them have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
It was last Sunday that the 61-year-old man walked to Kortedala square with his dog to shop. The man believed that the gang may have irritated his dog when he was inside the store. When he asked what they had done, seven or eight people attacked him and showered him with punches and kicks.
On Wednesday the man was still being cared for in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
“He is in a coma and has very, very severe brain damage,” says Bertil Claesson, head of the police team from the Northeast.
It is currently unclear whether the man will survive.
Seven for questioning
Two young men had previously been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the brutal assault but were later released. On Wednesday, however, seven other boys were picked up for questioning. All are in their early teenage years, 15-16 year olds. …
Six of them were arrested later.
What is the criminal charge?
“Attempted murder,” said prosecutor Carl-Henrik Andersson after three of the boys had been arrested.
How do they feel about the accusations?
“That I will not comment on, but they do not understand it exactly.”
Want more tips
Police believe they have a good picture of what happened, but plead for more tips.
“We are always grateful for more eyewitness accounts. If anyone has observed anything, we will be very happy if people contact us,” says Bertil Claesson.
Freedom Fighter adds his summary of the latest news from Malmö:
Yesterday the Swedish “Agenda” TV program (an investigative program) interviewed Mayor Ilmar Reepalu in Malmö about gangs and other problems in the city. During the program, in the interview on the streets of Malmö, the Mayor and the journalist were threatened by gangbangers, who demanded to know who they were and what they were doing there.
It was obvious from the gangbangers’ accents that they were Arabic-speaking immigrants, young men in a flash car, very threatening. This was amazing, especially after eight shootings in a year in the town. The police do nothing.
In the program an immigrant from Iraq said that Malmö was as dangerous as Baghdad. No one is in control, he said. He didn’t feel safe.
On Monday the Social Democrats’ party leadership is to meet with the leaders of the Swedish Jewish community about Reepalu’s hateful statements about Jews in Malmö. This is very unusual, as Sweden’s Jewish community usually keeps a very low profile, but this time they have publicly attacked Reepalu’s anti-Jewish statements and demanded that his political party, the Social Democrats, take action against the Mayor.