Millionaire shoots himself after police chase

A Norwegian businessman suspected of embezzling 65 million kronor shot himself dead on Monday as Swedish police tried to arrest him.

Ole Christian Bach, 48, was wanted by Interpol in 182 countries and had been on the run since last autumn.

Swedish police had apparently received word that Bach was in the Stockholm area and investigators spotted him outside a grocery store on the island of Ekerö. According to the police’s account, Bach drove off and officers in two unmarked cars gave chase.

After driving a short way, Bach pulled over. When police approached his car they found him dead with a pistol beside him. He had shot himself in the head.

“In stressful situations he always carried a gun,” said Bach’s lawyer, Håkon Schiong.

“He was terrified of hit men,” he told Expressen.

Schiong said he suspected that Bach thought he was being chased by “people from the underworld” rather than police.

But some doubt has been cast on the police’s version of events, after the Norwegian news agency NTB spoke to witnesses who reported seeing a high-speed chase in which the police cars collided with Bach’s car.

This was confirmed by Norwegian police and the dead man’s car, a Saab 9-5 hired from a Statoil petrol station in Stockholm, was said to have been damaged down one side. There was further confusion on Tuesday morning when press conference apparently called by the Swedish police failed to take place.

Bach’s lawyer has called for an investigation into the events surrounding his death, while his fiancée told the Norwegian media that he had just popped out to get lunch and that it was “unthinkable” that he would have killed himself.

According to Expressen, Ole Christian Bach “swindled financiers, porn kings and housewives”. In 1988 he was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in a pyramid scam worth hundreds of millions of kronor. A few years later he was found guilty of receiving Edvard Munch’s Madonna, which was stolen from an Oslo gallery.

Norway’s economic crimes unit launched an investigation against Bach, who was one of the country’s richest men, in October 2004. Expressen illustrated the risks he took by describing a recent visit to Oslo.

“He parked his car in the garage directly under [the economic crimes unit] headquarters and then went and had lunch with his lawyer in the district court’s restaurant across the street.”

“He lived an insanely dramatic life and had an equally dramatic death,” said Bach’s lawyer.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Göteborgs Posten


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