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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 January, 2004, 17:18 GMT
Lindh trial - Thursday transcript
The trial of the self-confessed killer of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh has heard a detailed account of how she was attacked while out shopping.

Below are excerpts from the transcript of evidence from Ms Lindh's friend Eva Franchell who watched the accused, Mijailo Mijailovic, fatally stab the politician.

Coroner Henrik Druid, who carried out a post mortem on Ms Lindh's body, also gave evidence on Thursday.


Eva Franchell was first cross-examined by Prosecutor Christer Petersson about the attack in the Stockholm department store NK on 10 September last year.

Mr Petersson: "Were you alone in Filippa K (part of the store)?"

Ms Franchell: "I can't remember anyone else being there. We were examining clothes and were close to a clothes rail. There was a blue jacket with flowers almost at the front, which was a typical colour for Anna, so I said it was a nice colour...

Mijailo Mijailovic
Mijailovic denies murdering Ms Lindh
"I saw from the corner of my eye that the passageway was empty and I remember a man rushing towards us. I felt it was terribly threatening and I reacted to it...

"He threw himself towards Anna and pushed her against this clothes display and a metal bar, which she pressed against.

"It then looked as if he punched her in the stomach and pushed against her and the situation was terribly aggressive.

"I became angry, Anna attempted to defend herself and she had a bag with her which she pulled towards her and attempted to push him away.

"I turned round and hit him on the arm. He then turned his face to mine, looked down at me and narrowed his eyes.

"I then had the impression of him backing off. Anna stood there for a second and then slowly begins to sink down."

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Mr Petersen: "When did it become clear to you that she was injured?"

He cut Anna down in front of my eyes and it was obvious that he wasn't very well
Eva Franchell
Ms Franchell: "Not at first, but later I said to her: 'How's it going, old girl?', something I've never said to her before. She replied: 'I've been stabbed and then I saw her stomach."

Mr Petersen: "If we go back a little, can you remember whether the man was already there?"

Mr Franchell: "This recurs in my nightmares and I have been there and looked at the floor since. There is wooden flooring and stone flooring and he comes from the middle of the wooden floor."

Mr Petersen: "When he starts to move, does he run or does he walk?"

Ms Franchell: "I think he ran, with his shoulders down."

Mr Petersen: "Did he say anything?"

Ms Franchell: "No, not a word. I recall him running forward very rapidly and then it was as if he was swinging towards Anna. It looked as if he was punching her in the stomach. I broke two front teeth into pieces and had a recurrence of an old leg injury. This shows how threatening the situation was, my dentist says."

Mr Petersen: "How many blows were there?"

Ms Franchell: "There were one, two, three blows and he was pressing close against Anna."

Mr Petersen: "Did you seen any weapon on the attacker?"

Ms Franchell: "No."

Mr Petersen: "What did he look like?"

Ms Franchell: "I recall that he was wearing a beige sweater and that he looked a little as if he might be from Norrland (county in northern Sweden) or Finnish or Slavic with high cheekbones. Then it looked as if he had Rasta hair, but I think that might have been sideburns. Possibly green or grey trousers."

Mr Petersen: "If you look at Mijailovic now, what is the same?"

Ms Franchell: "The eyes and cheekbones, but I think there is a couple of kilograms' difference."

Under cross-examination from defence solicitor Peter Althin, Ms Franchell, who was Ms Lindh's former press secretary, said only a few people knew they had planned to go shopping that day. She said she did not notice anyone following them or hanging around.

Mr Althin: "You said there weren't many people - if someone had been walking a few metres behind you would you then, bearing in mind your previous job - you would have known about it?"

Ms Franchell: "I can't guarantee it - we were having a bit of fun and it may have been that we weren't that attentive, but no, I didn't notice anything."

Mr Althin: "When you saw this person come forward - did you see any knife?"

Ms Franchell: "No."

Mr Althin: "Did you see any knife at all?"

Ms Franchell: "No."

Mr Althin: "Did he say anything to Anna Lindh?"

Ms Franchell: "No."

Anna Lindh
Anna Lindh had been laughing with her friend before the attack
Mr Althin: "Did you hear Anna Lindh say anything to him?"

Ms Franchell: "No - she said nothing."

Mr Althin: "And you saw this attack, as you have tried to write (in the police statement). What did you actually see... your own view of the attack in terms of the force of the attack? Disregarding all interviews and everything that has been said - your own visual memory of the attack?"

Ms Franchell: "My own visual memory of the attack is that it was very aggressive and strong. Terrible, it was. I've probably expressed myself in a number of different ways, but he pushed himself into Anna, pressed her and hit her and I remember once saying in an interview that it was so incredibly perverse.

"Then I thought about Anna's children - that I couldn't put it that way, but I am now putting it that way because I have to. I am careful about describing this because I think it could come out badly."

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Mr Althin: "Did you notice if he was wearing any headgear?"

Ms Franchell: "No, I couldn't remember at first - I didn't see any headgear from the front, but later in the evening before the photographs were published I called the police and said that I remembered a cap."

Mr Althin: "How did he look apart from that?"

Ms Franchell: "Possibly stoned, but it is difficult to say,"

Mr Althin: "Did he look grubby?"

Ms Franchell: "He cut Anna down in front of my eyes and it was obvious that he wasn't very well."


Coroner's evidence

Below are excerpts of evidence by coroner Henrik Druid from the Swedish radio Ekot website.

Mr Druid: "There were nine clear severe wounds... it is reasonable that there were seven to eight blows."

Mr Petersen: "One of the blows went through the left radius, which shows great force..."

The medical examiner showed an overview sketch which showed both penetrating and non-penetrating blows.

Mr Druid: "Those coloured red are penetrating blows to the right arm, blow 34 is found on the abdomen and this is the fatal blow which passed through the liver and behind the liver. On the left arm there were wounds which went through the radius."

Mr Petersen: "How was the knife held?"

Mr Druid: "The edge was facing downwards and the flat side of the knife was upwards on most of the wounds."

Mr Petersen: "Can you tell in which order the wounds were struck?"

Mr Druid: "No, that cannot be done with any certainty."

The coroner reviewed the injuries, describing the depth of the wounds and one wound is described as seven centimetres long.

Mr Druid: "The stab wound to the liver had entered obliquely from below and many blood vessels near the liver had also been injured."

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