Bodström gets bodyguards after threat

Swedish Justice Minister Thomas Bodström and his family have been given round-the-clock security because of a threat against them, Aftonbladet reported on Saturday.

Swedish cabinet ministers do not usually have bodyguards 24 hours a day, though security has been tightened since the 2003 murder of foreign minister Anna Lindh.

Aftonbladet said in its online edition that police had uncovered plans for an attack against Bodström and his family, but provided no details of the nature of the threat.

The newspaper said police were informed of the threat “by informants in the underworld”, and the family had been under guard for a week.

Swedish intelligence agency Säpo, which provides security for members of the government, refused to comment on the report.

Bodström is married and has four children.

Lindh was killed in September 2003 when a man with a history of mental problems stabbed her repeatedly at a Stockholm department store where she was shopping without a bodyguard.



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.