Police cleared of wrongdoing in Pirate Bay raid

Sweden's Justice Ombudsman (JO) has chosen not to criticize police or prosecutors for a raid on file-sharing website the Pirate Bay in May last year. But with further investigations still to come, the last word on the issue has not yet been heard.

“I find it astonishing that the JO’s investigation leaves out everything that was a flagrant violation of the constitution,” said Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge.

Part of the criticism surrounding the raid concerned allegations that the Justice Department had applied unlawful pressure to the police and prosecutors after the Motion Pictures Association (MPA) had made contact with the Swedish government.

JO found that there had indeed been contact with the MPA but concluded that the lobbying carried out by the organization was “an accepted part of the political decision-making process”.

Authorities also came in for criticism for the sheer volume of equipment that was confiscated. Police seized a total of 186 servers, thereby affecting a number of companies and private individuals with no connection to the Pirate Bay.

Rickard Falkvinge also points out that servers belonging to Piratbyrån (the Pirate Bureau) were confiscated in the raid.

“They took over one of Sweden’s most important think tanks and opinion shapers. That is a crime against the freedom of association,” he said.

According to Falkvinge, the Pirate Party is considering taking the case to the European Court of Justice.

While JO has now cleared police and prosecutors of any wrongdoing, two further instances have yet to voice their opinion.

After the raid, former Justice Minister Thomas Bodström was reported to the parliamentary constitutional committee, which has not yet reached a verdict.

The Chancellor of Justice also intends to take up the issue of compensation for those affected by the raid.


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