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Murderer expelled from medical school in Sweden

Associated Press
Published January 26, 2008


STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A medical student convicted in a 1999 murder with neo-Nazi links has been expelled from Sweden's leading medical school in a case that sparked debate over whether a killer can become a doctor after having paid his debt to society.

The Karolinska Institute, known for awarding the Nobel Prize in medicine, revoked Karl Svensson's admission to its prestigious medical program this week after an investigation into his background, the university president said Friday.

Svensson, 31, was admitted last fall after his application to the program was approved, president Harriet Wallberg-Henriksson said. However, the university knew nothing about his dark past until getting two anonymous tips that Svensson's original identity was Hampus Hellekant, a purported neo-Nazi sympathizer who had served seven years in prison for the murder of a labor union activist, Wallberg-Henriksson said.

Svensson was convicted along with two other men in 2000.

In the end, Karolinska never had to address Svensson's criminal record because a background check found irregularities in the high school grades he submitted with his application, which was grounds to expel him.