Police on lookout for unwanted foreigners

Police are stepping up the hunt for foreign nationals who do not have the right to be in Sweden.

In addition to routine drink driving checks, motorists stopped at police checkpoints will now be asked to produce their passports or identity cards.

Identification data will then be cross-checked with the Schengen Information Systems register of known criminals from countries outside the union.

“All police should see this as part of their everyday duties,” police spokesman Kenneth Mandergren told Sydsvenskan.

Eight new countries are set to join the Schengen border union by next year at the latest. This means an end to border controls for travelers from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Poland and the Baltic states,

Police fear that more freedom of movement may also entail more movement of criminals. With the higher number of open borders comes an increased risk of people smuggling and illegal immigration.

“Internal checks on foreign nationals need to be seriously strengthened,” said Mandergren, who is leading the work of building up a central border control unit in Sweden.

The new Swedish unit will liaise with EU border control agency Frontex.


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.