US deports ex-criminal to Sweden

A 25-year-old man who has lived his entire life in the United States has been dumped in Sweden by American authorities.

Charlie Edgmon was born in Sweden and is a Swedish citizen, but moved to Seattle with his mother as a baby. He speaks only English, and leaves three children behind him in Seattle, Aftonbladet reports.

He was deported from the country on Tuesday, accompanied by two US immigration officials who left him at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

Edgmon has been convicted of drug and gun crimes and has spent three years of his life in jail. He told Aftonbladet that he did not know how he was going to manage in Sweden, where he is staying with acquaintances of his mother in Järna, 50km south of Stockholm.

Support from Swedish authorities has been limited and the local benefit office in Järna had no forms in English, the 25-year-old said.

“The social welfare office told me to get a job. How am I going to do that? I can’t even read the job ads,” he said.

Edgmon’s story is similar to that of another Swede, Stefan Nystrom, who was deported to Sweden in January after a life of crime in Australia. His deportation caused a storm in Australia, where he had lived for all but 27 days of his 32 years, but Edgmon’s story has not been widely reported in the US.


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.