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Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student

A 51 year-old Frenchman was charged in Paris on Sunday with the murder of a 19-year-old Swedish woman found shot through the head and stabbed in a forest near Paris this month.

Frenchman charged with murder of Swedish student

Bruno Cholet, who allegedly posed as a taxi driver to entrap his victim according to investigators, also faces charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and theft.

If found guilty he could face life imprisonment.

The victim, Swedish student Susanna Zetterberg, was found in Chantilly Forest north of Paris on April 19th with four bullets in her head. She was handcuffed, had been knifed in the chest, and her body was partly charred.

The arrest and charges followed a major police manhunt with extra officers drafted in by the Paris criminal investigation department.

Investigators said they had accumulated a mass of evidence against the suspect, including a pistol found in the boot of his car and bullets matching those used to kill the victim.

Court officials said Cholet, arrested last Friday, has a criminal record and had already spent 20 years in jail for various offences including rape and kidnapping.

The victim had gone missing on her way home from a Paris nightclub. After taking a taxi, she sent a text message to a friend saying the driver “doesn’t look nice.”

The suspect, who had allegedly posed as a taxi driver, was arrested in a western suburb of the capital, police said.

Police searching his vehicle had found a .22 pistol, cartridges, three pairs of handcuffs and a bag with the inscription “Susanna 777,” the prosecutor’s office said.

Police said closed circuit surveillance cameras had picked up a figure using the victim’s credit card outside a bank, wearing clothes that matched those found in Cholet’s flat.

A white car that looked like that of the suspect was also reported by witnesses near the nightclub where the victim was last seen alive.

After the discovery of the body, another woman reported to police being molested a week earlier by a man, apparently a taxi driver, driving a white car. Another witness claimed to have seen a similar vehicle in the forest where the body was found.

Cholet was set to appear before an examining magistrate on Sunday evening.

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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