Businessman feared kidnapped in Sweden

Police across Sweden are searching for the managing director of Swedish electronics retailer Siba amid fears that he has been kidnapped, several papers have reported.

So far, conflicting accounts of 32-year old Fabian Bengtsson’s disappearance are circulating. Sydsvenska Dagbladet quotes sources saying that Bengtsson was last seen leaving his home in Gothenburg on Monday morning in his BMW M3. The paper goes on to say that a text message was sent from his mobile at 10.37, which gave his family cause for concern.

Yet according to Göteborgs Posten, he was last seen at 10 o’clock on Monday evening, and the text message was received by his father Bengt – who is CEO of Siba – on Tuesday morning.

Police are not yet confirming that they suspect that Bengtsson has been kidnapped, although they have said that they are searching for a missing person, and are taking the situation very seriously.

Police say that they will release more information during Wednesday, although police spokesman Jan Bertilsson added that in investigations of this kind they issue information sparingly, as it can have an effect on the outcome.

Sources: Sydsvenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs Posten, Dagens Nyheter


Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.