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CRIME

Shot fired through Malmö politician’s window

A shot was fired through the first floor window of the home of Malmö commissioner, Ilmar Reepalu, early on Sunday morning. Nobody was hurt in the attack, but it's the latest and most serious incident apparently connected to a local controversy over the care of a 98 year old man.

Police were called at 8.26 yesterday morning following reports of shots being fired at the Sofielund home of Reepalu, one of Malmö’s leading Social Democrat politicians. On arriving at the scene, officers discovered a single bullet hole through a first floor window. Both Reepalu and his wife were out at the time and their home was empty. It’s thought a pistol or revolver was used.

“We’re looking for a silver grey Volvo 245 which was seen at the location of the incident,” said Malmö police spokesman, Lars Förstell.

The shooting is being treated as a political crime and Säpo, the security police with responsibility for protecting politicians, have been called in.

Last Thursday, a black swastika was sprayed onto another of Reepalu’s windows.

“Naturally we’re investigating any possible connections between the two events. But at the moment we’re exploring all possibilities,” said Förstell.

Reepalu has been at the centre of a local political storm during the last few weeks over what should happen to 98 year old Gustaf Holmström. Holmström refused to be taken home following hospital treatment, saying he did not feel safe there and demanding a place in a home for the elderly. The local council wanted to provide him with an alarm and home help.

Reepalu was interviewed by SVT’s Sydnytt and Rapport news programmes in April, following which he was inundated with hate mail. Some of the letters and e-mails he received made personal threats against him.

One of the letters came from senior Malmö police officer, Bengt Lindström. In his letter, Lindström demanded Reepalu withdraw “the enormous subsidies to all the bloody niggers.” Reepalu reported Lindström, who is now the subject of an investigation.

Last week, Reepalu lodged a complaint regarding the news programmes with the broadcasting watchdog ‘Granskningsnämnden för Radio och TV’. In his complaint, he claimed that SVT had heavily edited the interviews and given a false impression. He wrote:

“The grossly distorted items led me to receiving a large volume of letters and e-mails in which I have been accused of being arrogant and rude.”

Sydnytt’s editor in chief, Anders Olsson, stands by his programme’s report whilst condemning recent events:

“We take responsibility for everything we put out. What’s happened to Ilmar Reepalu is dispicable. But it’s ridiculous to link it to a news item broadcast six weeks ago.”

Reepalu himself was refusing to comment on any aspect of the shooting or other recent incidents.

“The police and I have agreed that they should handle all questions on this matter,” he said.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Sydsvenskan, SVT

HEALTH

Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime 

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