Woman arrested in connection with Albanian murders

A 44-year-old woman arrested in Borås on Wednesday is wanted in Albania for two murders and two cases of attempted murder, Borås Tidning reports.

A judge in Albania has previously sentenced the woman to 25 years in jail for a series of crimes carried out in April 2002. She was found to have murdered two men in Bajram Curri to avenge her brother’s death.

The arrest took place after Albanian police received information that the woman could be staying with family members in the western Swedish town.

Borås District Court is scheduled to examine the case on Friday.

“In international cases the request has to be tried,” prosecutor Peter Larsson told the TT news agency.


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.