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Men cleared over Gothenburg airport heist

Three of the men charged in connection with last year's major robbery at Landvetter Airport have been cleared by the Court of Appeal. All three had previously been sentenced by the District Court to seven years in prison.

Men cleared over Gothenburg airport heist
Photo: SAS

Three other men who received seven year jail terms had their sentences upheld by the appeals court.

The robbery took place on March 7th last year, when a four-wheel drive car containing a driver and three armed men forced its way through a security gate at the airport.

The men drove up to an SAS plane and threatened the flight crew with automatic weapons before gaining entry to the plane’s hold.

They left the scene with 7.8 million kronor in foreign currency, none of which has yet been recovered.

After the robbery the men left a suspected bomb device by the plane, which led to the closure of Landvetter airport for nine hours.

A total of eight people were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the raid.

One was cleared by the District Court, while another was sentenced to two months in jail.

The other six were each awarded seven year sentences for robbery and sabotage. All six denied the charges.

Anders Lindblad, a lawyer representing one of the men who has now been cleared, was extremely critical of his client’s treatment.

“I view the District Court’s verdict as a legal scandal. One has to have evidence in a case like this,” he said.

“My client has been kept in custody for thirteen months and had to see a doctor for psychological problems when he was let go by the Court of Appeal,” said Lindstrand.

The lawyer added that his client is likely to demand 500,000 kronor ($70,000) in compensation.

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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