DNA crime register to be expanded

The Swedish government has decided to reduce the threshold for DNA testing of suspected criminals. From the beginning of 2006, anyone suspected of a crime which could lead to a prison sentence of any duration will be required to give a DNA sample.

The sample will be held on a register along with a personal profile of the individual. The details will be kept for ten years after the prison sentence is served.

Currently only those facing a prison sentence of two years or more are required to submit a DNA sample.

“The new law has such a low threshold that essentially anyone who has committed any kind of serious crime will end up [on the register],” said justice minister Thomas Bodström to Dagens Nyheter.

The Swedish proposal follows months of debate in which British success with DNA registers in certain police forces, notably Sheffield, was cited as an example of smart crime fighting.

Bodström said the introduction of a register in Sweden would make it much easier to tie people to crimes from car theft and burglary to far more serious offences.

The DNA analysis will be carried out at the National criminial laboratory in Linköping.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, SR


Prosecutors charge Malmö student for killing two teachers

Swedish prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged an 18-year-old student with two counts of murder after the March killing of two teachers at his school.

Prosecutors charge Malmö student for killing two teachers

“On March 21, an 18-year-old man attacked two female teachers at the Malmo Latin School with a knife and axe,” the Swedish Prosecution Authority said in a statement, adding that the two women had died from their injuries.

“Now the man, who himself was a student at the school, is charged with two counts of murder,” it continued.

The man was arrested shortly after the attack which took place at the creative arts high school, which has more than 1,000 students in Sweden’s third-biggest city Malmo in southern Sweden.


Anders Elison, the accused’s lawyer, told AFP that his client has admitted to the killings since his arrest and continues to do so.

According to Elison, the young man had suffered from mental health issues and on the day he had entered the school thinking that he would not come out alive.

“He wanted to put himself in a situation where there was no turning back for him to continue his own life,” Elison said.

The trial will commence at the Malmo district court on July 20, according to Elison.