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Suspect tried to kill himself

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The man suspected of murdering the Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh tried to kill himself in his prison cell yesterday evening.

The 35-year-old ripped off his clothes and ate them in order to suffocate, however, guards managed to stop the suicide attempt.

“He has tried to hurt himself in other ways too,” said a police source to the Swedish paper Expressen.

Special cell

The 35-year-old is locked up in a special sell on the seventh floor at the prison Kronbergshäktet in Stockholm. The cell is larger than an ordinary prison cell, and the suspect is constantly monitored by specially trained personnel through armoured glass. The reason is that the police are afraid he will hurt himself.

“He has at times acted completely crazy, and he has been impossible to reach,” said the police source to the paper.

The suspect sat through a short questioning after his arrest Tuesday night. At the time he strongly denied that he had anything to with the murder of Anna Lindh.

Difficult to question

Gunnar Falk was hired on as the suspect’s defense attorney Wednesday, and it was for a long time unclear if it would at all be possible to question the suspect because of his mental condition.

However, the suspect sat through a longer questioning after a discussion between the police, the defense lawyer, the 35-year-old and hospital personnel.

“I had nothing to do with what happened at NK,” the 35-year-old allegedly said according to the paper, Expressen.

New questionings

The suspect has not yet managed to account for where he was the day of the murder.

The 35-year-old is being isolated from the rest of world, and the only people he is allowed to see are the police, his lawyer and the district attorneys.

New questionings are planned today.

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