Swedish police received tip-off in Rahman case

Swedish police received a tip-off two years ago that a colleague of Joy Rahman's had disappeared in Bangladesh.

Swedish police received tip-off in Rahman case

Rahman, cleared of a murder charge in Sweden in 2002, was arrested last month on suspicion of murdering the treasurer of his own charitable organization.

A man who himself had worked for Rahman’s organization passed on the information to police in Sollentuna, Sveriges Radio reports.

“When this treasurer was found we did of course have a good think about it since this guy had quite a good understanding of the case. It tallies well with the information he conveyed two years ago,” a spokesperson for the police told Sveriges Radio.

Rahman served eight years of a life sentence following a 1994 conviction for a murder in Sätra, south of Stockholm.

Sweden’s Supreme Court later granted him a new trial and he was acquitted in May of 2002.

Rahman and three other men are suspected of murdering the treasurer of Rahman’s aid organization three years ago. Rahman built up the charity using funds from the record-large damages settlement he received from the Swedish state after he was freed by the Supreme Court.

Rahman, who worked as a personal-care aid, was sentenced to life in prison in 1994 for the murder of a 72-year-old woman in Sätra. The was one of the public sector home care agency’s patients. She had been strangled with a noose and the murderer then tried to burn the body, but the flames later petered out.

The Supreme Court granted Rahman a retrial in 2002 and he was exonerated by the Stockholm Court of Appeal following a new hearing.

Having been deprived of his liberty for eight years, he was awarded 10.2 million kronor ($1.7 million at current exchange rates).

At the time, it was the largest damages claim ever awarded in Sweden.

Rahman used a large part of the money to build up the Joy Rahman Welfare Foundation, which provides healthcare and micro-loans to the poor in Rahman’s birthplace of Gopalgonj.


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.