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Swedish politician alleges he was ‘raped for his beliefs’: Report

Patrik Liljeglod, a group leader of the Left Party in Falun, wrote a Facebook post about the incident.

world Updated: Sep 15, 2017 18:23 IST
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Patrik Liljeglod, a group leader of the Left Party in Falun, wrote a Facebook post about the incident.
Patrik Liljeglod, a group leader of the Left Party in Falun, wrote a Facebook post about the incident.(Facebook/Patrik Liljeglod)

A politician in Sweden has alleged he was raped by an attacker who threatened him with a knife “because of his political leanings”.

Patrik Liljeglod, a group leader of the Left Party in Falun, wrote a Facebook post about the incident and spoke about it at a council meeting.

“I was brutally treated and raped at knifepoint on the pretext that I was a left-wing [expletive], that people like us like this, and finally that I was a traitor,” BBC quoted him as saying in a report.

The police and forensics experts are investigating the allegations. Liljeglod said the attack took place in July.

“I stand here because, given my deeply rooted belief that democracy is an integral part of our society, I feel that I must… Nothing is more important than democracy, people die for the right to democracy every day - and the right we have inherited through our parents’ struggles, we have to continue fighting for,” he wrote.

“And we must remind those citizens who have forgotten why.”

A police spokesperson said the incident would be treated as a hate crime if the motive was proven to arise from Liljeglod’s political allegiance.