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CRIME

Loophole allows foreign criminals to return

A legal loophole may make it possible for deported foreign criminals to return to Sweden without risk of arrest, Sydsvenskan reports. A case involving a Danish citizen who returned to Sweden despite being deported in 2003 will now be decided in the Supreme Court.

The 31-year-old Danish man, convicted of several crimes at Malmö District Court in 2003, was forbidden to return to Sweden for a period of 10 years. Having served his sentence however, he ignored the ban and was later rearrested for assaulting a woman in the southern Swedish town of Osby, Sydsvenskan writes.

Police discovered that the man did not have permission to enter the country and he was prosecuted for unauthorised residence. It was at this point however that a bureaucratic slip by the justice department was detected. Nobody at the department had supplied a provisional regulation as is customary when a new law replaces an older version, Sydsvenkan explains.

Since the man was arrested under the 1989 Aliens Act and there was no provisional regulation in place his case was not covered by the new Act, drawn up in 2005. Hässleholm District Court convicted him of assault but could not enforce the charge of unathorised residence.

The case was then referred to the Court of Appeal in Malmö. the court regretted the bureacratic error but added that it was not the law’s intention to open up the borders to deported criminals. The court this time ruled against the Dane. But he appealed.

The Supreme Court has now agreed to take up the case. Sydsvenskan concludes that if the Supreme Court agrees with the original verdict reached at Hässleholm District Court it could provide carte blanche for all criminals deported under the old law to return to Sweden without running the risk of arrest.

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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