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Nigel Farage investigated by Ofcom for saying Sweden is ‘rape capital of Europe’

The Independent logo The Independent 20/03/2017 Tom Batchelor

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Nigel Farage is under investigation by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom over a claim made on his radio show that Sweden is "the rape capital of Europe".

The former Ukip leader used his slot on LBC last month to suggest the Swedish city of Malmo saw the highest number of rapes carried out across the continent, and blamed it on “EU migrant policies”.

Ofcom is now assessing Mr Farage’s comments, which went unchallenged at the time but later sparked nine complaints.

An Ofcom statement said: "We are investigating whether comments made in this programme were materially misleading."

Mr Farage told listeners to his 20 February show: “Pro-rata Sweden has taken more young male migrants than any other country in the Europe.

“And there has been a dramatic rise in sexual crime in Sweden – so much so that Malmo is now the rape capital of Europe, and some argue, perhaps the rape capital of the world.

“And there is a Swedish media that frankly just doesn’t report it.”

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