Malexander murders

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The Malexander murders (Swedish: Malexandermorden) were the murders of two police officers, Robert Karlström and Olov Borén, at Malexander, Sweden on 28 May 1999. The murders were committed after a bank robbery in Kisa earlier that day. Three men were convicted of the crimes, Tony Olsson, Andreas Axelsson and former mercenary Jackie Arklöv. The murders in Malexander were among the most high-profile cases in Sweden.[1][2] The three perpetrators were active neo-nazis and the robbery spree before the murders was committed as part of their plan to collect money to fund and create a "revolutionary" nazi organization.[3][4]

Commission of the crime[edit]

Of the three criminals, Andreas Axelsson was a computer instructor with only fines and social service on his record,[5] whereas Tony Olsson was already serving a prison sentence at the time of the crime, but had received furlough from incarceration at Österåker Prison to participate in Lars Norén's play 7:3. [6]

Using this opportunity, at 14:50 Arklöv and Axelsson entered Östgöta Enskilda Bank in Kisa, Östergötland. They waved pistols and grenades and wore ski masks on their faces. They shouted to people in the bank to lie down and not touch the alarms. They manipulated the cameras except one black-and-white camera. They opened the bank vault, which had a time-limited lock; during the lock-time they went around the bank collecting the cash. Outside of the bank, Olsson stood guard holding a Uzi and wearing a ski mask on his face.[citation needed] The loot was approximately 2.6 million Swedish kronor.[6]

Kennet Eklund, the only police officer on duty at the local police station in Kisa, was dispatched to the scene after an alarm was set off. At 15:10, the robbers left the bank with the money and fled in a stolen Saab 9000.[7]

Eklund followed them until they pulled over and the three suspect exited the car and began to fire on him.[7] Eklund left the vehicle and escaped, trying to hide himself when the robbers threw grenades. He said that he heard a foreign male voice who shouted "Snutjäveln ligger gömd här nere i kärret!" ("The fucking cop lies hidden here down the fen!").[citation needed]

At 15:18 Olsson, Axelsson and Arklöv left the Saab and changed to a Toyota Avensis.[citation needed] While trying to stop the robbers, Swedish policemen Olov Borén (42) and Robert Karlström (30) were executed on a country road, with their own service pistols by shots to their heads.[8] According to the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science, Borén was shot five times, including once in the neck, and Karlström was shot three times, including once in the forehead. Both worked in Mjölby.[citation needed]

Legal process[edit]

Axelsson, who was injured in the shooting, was captured at a hospital in Boxholm shortly after the murders.[1] Arklöv was arrested in Tyresö three days after the robbery.[9][10]

While evading the arrest, Arklöv was shot in the lung. However, the injuries were not life-threatening.[11] Olsson managed to escape the country (probably with help from his fiancée). He was arrested in Costa Rica about a week later on 6 June, and along with him about one million Swedish kronor from the loot was found.[12][10]

He was sent to Sweden a couple of weeks after his arrest.[13]

The Linköping primary court indicted the three men on 26 October.[1] All three were sentenced to life imprisonment, Axelsson and Olsson on 18 January and Arklöv on 2 February 2000.[10]

Olsson and Axelsson confessed to the bank robbery and admitted that they were present at Malexander, but denied the murders.[14] Olsson claimed Arklöv alone killed the policemen, which Arklöv confessed in June 2001. According to Arklöv, he took the policemen's weapons and shot them.[15] Arklöv was also sentenced for war-crimes, including torture of Muslim prisoners, which he had committed during the civil war in Yugoslavia as part of a Croatian paramilitary group.[16]

Olsson was confined to the Hall Prison. During the night between 27 and 28 July 2004, he escaped from his jail, but was captured 2 days later.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Lindström, P. O. (28 July 2004). "Bakgrund: Polismorden i Malexander". Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ Mattsson, Anna (28 May 2007). "Fakta: Malexandermorden" [Fact: Malexander murders]. Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.expressen.se/nyheter/dokument/nazister-ranare-och-polismordare---sa-lever-de-i-dag/
  4. ^ http://wwwc.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/9910/15/polismord2.html
  5. ^ Aschberg, Richard; Harne, Andreas (31 May 1999). "Datalärare – och bankrånare" [Computer teacher - and bank robber]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  6. ^ a b Lindstrand, Niclas (28 July 2004). "Fick livstid för morden i Malexander" [Got life sentence for the murders in Malexander]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b Björkegren, Jan (28 May 2009). "Tio år efter Malexandermorden" [Ten years after the Malexander murders]. Vimmerby Tidning (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Jackie Arklöv mötte polisstudenter" [Jackie Arklöv met police students]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. 4 November 2006. Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  9. ^ Nilsson, Kerstin (24 October 1999). "Livet i Malexander blir aldrig detsamma" [Life in Malexander will never be the same]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Olsson, Karl Vicktor (18 July 2000). "Polismordsdomar står fast - inget prövningstillstånd i HD" [Police murder verdict stands - no appeal to the Supreme Court]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Jackie Arklöv sköts ned" [Jackie Arklöv gunned down]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). 31 May 1999. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  12. ^ Lindstrand, Niclas (2004-07-28). "Fick livstid för morden i Malexander" [Got life sentence for the murders in Malexander]. Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  13. ^ Lindström, P.O. (28 July 2004). "Bakgrund: Polismorden i Malexander" [Background: The police murders in Malexander]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Tidningarnas Telegrambyrå. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  14. ^ Salomonsson, Claes (3 November 1999). "Olsson och Axelsson erkänner att de var på mordplatsen" [Olsson and Axelsson admit that they were at scene of the murder]. Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  15. ^ Brink, Bosse (20 April 2008). "Han var artig och verbal" [He was polite and verbal]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  16. ^ http://www.svd.se/arklov-erkanner-krigsbrott-i-bosnien
  17. ^ Hjelm, Carl (31 July 2004). "Tony Olsson greps i Grödinge" [Tony Olsson was arrested in Grödinge]. Svenska Dagbladet (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012.

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