Stockholm criminal gang busted

Stockholm police have uncovered a large criminal network dealing drugs, weapons and stolen cars in the capital, reported DN on Tuesday.

The gang was caught when police carried out a routine check at a private party. They found guns and cocaine on the premises and arrested ten people, most of whom were released shortly afterwards.

A police spokesman said two people are still being held, suspected of being the ringleaders of the organisation. He added that further arrests are expected.

Reports indicate that the raid on the party was carried out three weeks ago, but only now have police gone public with the details. Up to ten homes have been raided, mainly in southern Stockholm, and police have confiscated up to 30 stolen vehicles, a large amount of drugs and at least 10 automatic weapons.

The guns are reported to be made in Russia, but belong to the Swedish army. although police are currently not revealing details of the weapons’ provenance. Investigators have managed to track down the owners of several of the seized cars, and it seems most of them were stolen in and around the Stockholm area.


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.