Trustor case reopened and closed

Stockholm District Court decided on Tueday to drop the charges against Thomas Jisander for his involvement in the Trustor fraud scandal.

The court ruled that Jisander’s case has already been tried and saw no reason to retry the case. The public prosecutor intends appealing the district court’s decision.

The retrial of Thomas Jisander ended almost before it had even begun. Just one week into fresh court proceedings the district court ruled that the 2002 appeals court decision to free Jisander of all charges should stand.

On the first day of the retrial defence lawyer Leif Silbersky questioned the value of renewed court proceedings. All of the evidence presented as “new” by the current prosecutor, Berndt Berger, was already known to the prosecutor in the original case, Bo Skarinder.

“This has already been tried,” said a relieved Jisander, who believes that it was a matter of prestige for the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau to reopen the case.

Berger immediately announced that he would be appealing the decision.

Jisander had been facing charges for instigating serious fraud as well as major tax offences.

He now has to prepare for a meeting with the Swedish Enforcement Administration in March to discuss his 80 million kronor tax debt.

Thomas Jisander currently lives in Italy.


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