Ambassador urges caution after Paris attack

Following the murder of a 19-year-old Swedish woman in Paris, Sweden’s Ambassador Gunnar Lund has urged young Swedes to be careful when visiting the French capital.

“I want to stress to every young Swede that in Paris, just like all other large cities, crimes occur,” he said to the TT news agency.

He describes the murder of the young Swede as “a monstrous crime”.

“You can’t be too careful down here. You shouldn’t be out alone at night and moving about the city. You need to make sure to stay in groups and observe that you take every possible precaution,” said Sweden’s ambassador in Paris.

He points out that there are perpetrators with an interest in following and trying to entice young people from other countries who aren’t very familiar with the streets of Paris.

The 19-year-old woman disappeared after a visit to a nightclub in central Paris early Saturday morning.

Her body was found later the same day in a wooded area north of the city.

According to AFP, her body showed signs of being badly beaten and stabbed.

AFP also reported the body had been partially burned, information which was confirmed for TT by a source in Sweden’s Foreign Ministry.

“We learned that from the French police. It appears as if the perpetrator had tried to cover up evidence,” said the source.

According to media reports, the woman as also shot several times in the head.

Last Saturday someone tried to take money out of the woman’s bank account at a cash machine near where her body was found. An image of the unknown person may have been recorded by a security camera connected to the cash machine, according to the Aftonbladet and Expressen newspapers.


Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.