Man questioned by police over ‘threats’ at Eurovision

A man has been questioned by police over allegations of threats at the Eurovision Song Contest. It is not known whether Dutch actor Joost Klein will perform in Saturday’s final after he missed two scheduled dress rehearsals on Friday while an incident was investigated.

The 26-year-old rapper and singer qualified for the semi-finals on Thursday with his upbeat song Europapa, a tribute to his late parents. Swedish media reported that he is being investigated after an incident involving a television production worker. .

A spokeswoman for the Swedish Police Authority said in a statement to the PA news agency: “A man is suspected of making illegal threats. The offense is said to have been committed at Malmo Arena on Thursday evening. “The man is being questioned by the police, but is not being detained. The plaintiff is employed at Eurovision.

“The police took all essential investigative steps and questioned the suspect, the complainant and witnesses. The investigation has been completed by the police. “The case follows the normal legal procedure. The police used a faster prosecution and the case will now go to the prosecutor in a few weeks.”

Police have confirmed that the complainant is not a Eurovision act. The grand final marks the end of this year’s Eurovision, which has been mired in controversy.

On Friday, a statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said: “The investigation into the incident with the Dutch artist at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is still ongoing. “Discussions are also taking place between the EBU and Avrotros, the participating Dutch broadcaster.

“While the investigation continues, the EBU has decided that Joost Klein will not perform during the second round of the competition, which is voted on by juries from the 37 participating countries. “His performance in semi-final two will be used instead.”

The televised final at Sweden’s Malmo Arena will feature the Big Five – Great Britain, France, Spain, Germany and Italy – along with defending champions Sweden and 20 qualified nations to play in a bid to win the title .

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