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Liberals: fight needed on organized crime

The Liberal Party presented on Friday a report on its plans to fight organized crime. The party said money is the lifeblood of crime and that different state agencies need to work together to make an impact.

“The idea that money is the most important driving power behind organized crime has to lead to a new grasp on the fight against such crimes,” said Lars Leijonborg, head of the Liberal Party. “Through “Project Al Capone,” the Liberal Party wants authorities to work together under a national anti-tax evasion commission to battle criminals’ cheating on taxes and welfare.”

The party said the government needs increased power to hunt down criminal activity, and also needs stiffer penalties for those convicted. Leijonborg said a more efficient gun registry is needed to more easily match up a gun to an owner.

The proposal also calls for increased protection of witness testifying against criminals, and a national police force of 20,000.

The Liberal Party proposes 50 million kronor be earmarked for the new project, and 20 million kronor to fight human smuggling.

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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.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

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. 

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