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Iraqi asylum seeker bound and raped

Police are searching for three men suspected of tying up and raping a 29-year-old Iraqi woman in the Stockholm suburb Liljeholmen.

A 51 year-old Iraqi woman has been arrested on suspicion holding the woman against her will and acting as an accessory to rape.

The 29-year-old, who is currently waiting for her asylum application to be processed, was discovered by her husband.

“She was locked in for five days. They covered her mouth and bound her hands and feet with tape, then they raped her,” said police spokesman Gunnar Samuelsson.

The woman’s husband, who is also an asylum seeker, raised the alarm on Sunday after trying to visit his wife at her temporary address in Liljeholmen only to find the door locked.

“He heard a whimpering sound from inside the apartment, thought it sounded like his wife and contacted the police,” said Samuelsson.

Police entered the apartment shortly after lunchtime on Sunday. There they found the woman tied up and lying on a sofa. With her in the apartment was a 51-year-old woman who was immediately arrested.

Before being taken to hospital, the exhausted 29-year-old explained that she had been held in the apartment against her will for five days.

“She also told us the she was raped by three masked men who came to the apartment on day two,” said Samuelsson.

The 51-year-old woman was handcuffed and taken outside to a waiting police car.

She was refusing to cooperate with police when questioned about the incident on Sunday evening, Expressen reports.

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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