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Is Somali 'killer' of Swedish social worker really only 15? Court papers show police have NO IDEA of migrant suspect's true identity
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Tragedy: Miss Mezher, pictured right with best friend Lejla Filipovic, was stabbed in the back and thigh. A boy is being held on suspicion of murder. Prosecutor Linda Wiking is expected to announce the official arrest today
Police investigating the murder of a Swedish social worker stabbed to death at a child migrant centre have admitted they have no idea who her alleged killer really is.
Court papers submitted today by the prosecutor stabbing of Alexandra Mezher show detectives have no way of proving the suspect's true identity.
Reports suggested the boy was 15 and living in a child migrant centre in Molndal where Miss Mezher worked and was stabbed in the back and thigh 'in a frenzied attack' on Monday.
But in the court papers next to his name are the words 'ID ej styrkt', meaning 'ID not proven'.
It means the boy had nothing to prove his identity when he arrived in Sweden – and that he could be 18 or even older.
A police spokesman in Gothenburg yesterday told MailOnline: 'We are not 100% sure about the boys identity. But we do have a good picture and will find that out eventually.
'This is usually the case with unaccompanied refugee children. It is hard to establish if their identity is true or not.'
The prosecutor submitted the papers with the district court in Gothenburg today to remand the boy in custody.
In Sweden, the prosecutor needs to file an application to the district court within 48 hours after a suspect is arrested.
The boy is being held on suspicion of murder, and prosecutor Linda Wiking is expected to announce the official arrest today. A spokesman said the 15-year-old was being held in a police cell last night and would go to court as an adult suspect.
It comes after Miss Mezher's mother declared that her country was 'not safe' any more.
Chimene Mezher described her daughter Alexandra, 22, as an 'angel' devoted to helping some of the hundreds of migrant youths who have come to her home of Molndal without parents.
Psychology graduate Miss Mezher - whose parents fled Beirut more than 25 years ago - was stabbed in the back and thigh on Monday in a block of flats housing ten youths aged 14 to 17.
Mrs Mezher, 42, said: 'We left Lebanon to escape the civil war, the violence and the danger. We came to Sweden where it was safe, to start our family. But it is not safe any more.
'And I just want to know why… why Alexandra? She wanted to help them, but they did this. I just want answers.'
Her husband Bourous, 45, moved to Sweden from Beirut in 1989 and built up a pizza business. Mrs Mezher, who has three sons, said: 'She was not just my daughter, she was my angel. She was a just and fair human being. There were so many who loved her. She was my daughter, my friend.'
She blamed Swedish politicians for a dramatic rise in immigration in Molndal, a suburb of Gothenburg, where a population of 60,000 has grown by 8,000 migrants in less than a year – 4,000 of whom are unaccompanied children.
In total, Sweden has taken in 160,000 migrants and refugees in the past year, nearly 40,000 of whom were unaccompanied minors.
Earlier this week, National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson demanded 4,100 more police officers as Sweden struggles to cope with the new wave of migrant related crime.
He said: 'We are forced to respond to many disturbances in asylum reception centres. In some places, this takes significant police resources.
'This was not the case six months ago and it means that we won't be able to respond as effectively in other areas.'
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