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Men arrested for 1995 murder

Two men were arrested on Tuesday afternoon for the 1995 murder of a 16-year old boy at the Fryshuset youth centre in Stockholm.

The men, both 39, are both from the Stockholm area. Police say that they are being held on reasonable suspicion of committing the crime, the lower level of suspicion in the Swedish system. The two men have links to the 41-year old from Nacka arrested and released three weeks ago.

“They are connected, but I don’t want to say how. Nor do I want to say how they have reacted to the accusation,” said chief inspector Eiler Augustsson to news agency TT.

The men have not yet been questioned, but have been told that they are under suspicion of murder and have been allocated public defenders.

The 16-year old victim was found dead on New Year’s Day 1995 near the Fryshuset youth centre in Norra Hammarbyhamnen in Stockholm, which he had left at 1am after celebrating the New Year. His body was found later the same day in an empty warehouse 300 metres away.

The investigation is part of the police’s drive to clear up old unsolved murders. The Fryshuset murder is one of eight old killings currently being looked at by the force’s Cold Cases Group.

TT/The Local

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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