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CRIME

Trial begins of police killer suspect

Wednesday sees the beginning of court proceedings for the man suspected of killing police officer Fredrik Widén in Nyköping in June.

For security reasons the four day trial is to be held in one of two high security court rooms at Stockholm District Court.

More than ten witnesses have been lined up to testify at the trial, four of whom are former colleagues of the victim.

According to prosecutor Pär Andersson, there is compelling evidence to suggest that the 55-year-old defendant is guilty as charged.

“There is technical as well as oral evidence,” he said.

The 55-year-old suspect is due to testify after lunch on Thursday. When taken in for initially questioning he said that he had acted in self defence. He later refused to answer any questions regarding his alleged involvement in the murder.

Fredrik Widén, who was 32, was shot as he attempted to detain the suspect in central Nyköping, 100 kilometres south of Stockholm. Police were enforcing an order from mental health authorities to section the 55-year-old man.

Over the last 100 years, 30 Swedish police officers have been killed in the line of duty.

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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