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CRIME

Ex-policeman accused of sex club assault

A former policeman is suspected of involvement a brutal assault near a Stockholm sex club on Thursday ninght.

The 39-year old former policeman hid his face under a blanket as prison guards escorted him into his remand hearing at Stockholm District Court on Saturday.

The man is suspected of involvement in the attack, which took off Götgatan in the Södermalm district of the capital. The victim of the assault was beaten unconscious with an iron bar.

The row that led to the attack was reported in various media to have started at the sex club, which is one block away from where the man was found. The suspect resigned from the police force late last year, and went to work for the company that runs the sex club.

The court remanded the man in custody on suspicion of being an accessory to assault. Prosecutors are due to decide as early as Wednesday whether to apply for the man to be detained further.

“The prosecutor has not applied for a longer remand period. That is good for my client,” said the man’s lawyer, Johan Eriksson.

He said that the former policeman denies the accusations and has given an account of his movements on the evening of the attack.

Prosecutor Barbro Wahlqvist would not reveal whether anyone else has been arrested in connection with the assault.

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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