Swedish man convicted of plotting to murder politician

A police officer guards a male suspect who was arrested after a woman was stabbed and seriously injured at the Almedalen political festival in Visby, Gotland, Sweden, July 6, 2022. (TT News Agency/Henrik Montgomery via Reuters)

STOCKHOLM—A Swedish court on Tuesday found a man guilty of murdering a woman and plotting to kill a senior politician at a July festival and ordered him to be taken to a psychiatrist.

A 33-year-old Swede was arrested on the Baltic island of Gotland shortly after stabbing a prominent psychiatrist to death in a crowded square during Sweden’s annual Almedalen Week political festival.

The murder occurred near where Center Party leader Annie Roof was scheduled to hold a press conference.

The Gotland District Court said the murderer, Theodore Engström, planned Roof’s plot and planned to kill her.

“If the crime had been carried out, Sweden could have suffered severely.” The 33-year-old said his intention was to strike back at the Swedish population.

Engstrom pleaded guilty to murdering psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren, but denied charges related to Loof.

He was assessed as having a severe mental disorder at the time of the attack.