Hitman admits to ‘at least ten murders’

A 24-year-old man convicted of two murders in Gothenburg in 2002 has indicated that he is the one responsible for a number of other unsolved murders in Sweden. Goran Kotaran was sentenced to psychiatric care for the two murders before eventually being deported from Sweden in February 2005.

In mid-June this year Kotaran was found guilty of three murders committed close to the Croatian border.

Police in Malmö and Gothenburg have now said they intend questioning Kotaran at the Bosnian prison where he is being held. According to police in Banja Luka, he has admitted to friends that he killed at least ten people while living in Sweden, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

Kotaran was a member of the so-called Original Gangsters when he peppered 18-year-old Amin Mosavi with eight shots from behind a set of Venetian blinds in Gothenburg in June 2002.

A few months earlier he had beaten 24-year-old Robert Bengtzén to death before throwing his body into Säve River.

Kotaran has now admitted to police in Banja Luka that it was he who killed his close friend Sasa Vucicevic in Malmö in November 2001.

“The reason Kotaran murdered Sasa was that Sasa had told Goran that his mother was pretty,” Banja Luka police chief Roguljic Jovica told Göteborgs-Posten.

Swedish police plan to travel to Bosnia after Kotaran told several witnesses that he has killed “more people in peace time than his father killed during the war”.

“It’s not out of the question. We know that he has already killed a number of people and that he has no scruples,” Gothenburg police spokesman Per-Olof Johansson told Göteborgs-Posten.


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.