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Karolinska Institute expels student after discovering murder conviction

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39475.383403.DB (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:240
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    The Karolinska Institute, in Stockholm, has expelled a first year medical student who it admitted last year without knowing that he had served time in prison for murder with a firearm. The story has ignited parliamentary discussion in Sweden about the need to better screen medical students.

    The Karolinska Institute first learnt of the student’s violent past in early autumn through anonymous tips. Tipsters, who also notified news organisations, alleged that the 31 year old medical student Karl Svennson had been a Nazi sympathiser convicted of a murder in 1999 under his former name, Hampus Hellkant. The university and news organisations confirmed that Mr Svennson had …

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