Crime suspects’ identities go national

Sweden has come one step closer to the establishment of a national register of crime suspects after the government sent a draft bill to parliament on Wednesday.

Under the proposed new law, police would be given extended powers to pass on details of crime suspects to colleagues in other parts of the country, as well as to security service Säpo, the Economic Crimes Bureau and the Customs Service.

Police have long called for such a change in the legislation, which would also make it easier to register people in the course of general investigations.

The Department of Justice has been working on tailoring the proposal since 1999. If the current time frame remain in place, the law will come into force in 2009.