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CRIME

Malmö shooting victim dies from injuries

The 34-year-old man who was shot at a restaurant in Malmö on Wednesday night has died. The suspected attacker, a 44-year-old man, is likely to be charged with murder on Friday afternoon.

However, on Friday morning the police officer in charge of the investigation, Tommy Lindén, was guarded about whether or not the suspect had admitted to being involved.

“That will be made public during the proceedings,” he said, although police say unofficially that they have no doubt that they have the right man in custody.

The murder was committed at the outside seating area of a restaurant on Claesgatan in Malmö. The assailant came out of the restaurant, walked up to the 34-year-old who was sitting outside with several people, and from close range shot him in the head.

The 44-year-old was arrested a short while later in a nearby cellar and several witnesses have confirmed his identity.

Tommy Lindén said on Thursday that the motive for the cold-blooded killing was not yet known, but that it was probably due to a dispute between the two men.

Doctors made it clear early on that the victim would not survive. A bullet had become lodged so far into his brain that it could not be removed.

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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