The knife murder in Visby not a terrorist crime

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Published 6 December 2022 at 12.52

Domestic. The man who murdered a female decision-maker in psychiatry during the Almedal Week in Visby this summer is convicted of murder. But it is only the failed attempt to assassinate former C leader Annie Lööf that is judged to be a terrorist crime.

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“An attack against Annie Lööf had major consequences for society”, writes the district court in its justification.

Something that, however, does not apply to the murder of Ing-Marie Wieselgren, who was coordinator for psychiatry within Sweden's municipalities and regions (SKR). The murder has indeed damaged Swedish psychiatry, but not seriously damaged the country as a whole, reasons the Gotland district court.

“Despite Ing-Marie Wieselgren's extensive knowledge and strong position within psychiatry, the district court therefore does not consider that her position as national coordinator within SKR is such that it in itself means that her murder could have seriously damaged Sweden,” writes the district court.

The murderer Theodor Engström, 33, is sentenced to forensic psychiatric care. During the trial, he himself insisted that both his crimes were terrorist crimes and “the last adventure of a fairy tale boy” and more. In practice, however, the penalty means a custodial sentence, and Engström left the courtroom in handcuffs.