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Swedish women committing more violent crimes

Criminality among women in Sweden is rising faster than among men, according to a new study.

Fresh statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) show that in 2007, women were suspected for more than 10 percent of threats or violent crimes.

The figure represents a doubling from the level recorded 12 years earlier.

The absolute number of cases has risen from 2,500 in 1995 to 4,700 in 2007. The 86 percent increase is more than three times the corresponding 26 percent rise in the number of similar crimes committed by men.

Nevertheless, men are still responsible for roughly four out of five criminal offences overall.

“We’re seeing that an ever increasing number of [criminal] suspects are women. It’s rising in most types of crime and perhaps is most noticeable in specific forms of threats or violent crime,” said Brå’s Solveig Hollari to Sveriges Radio.

Traffic violations and fraud is also increasing at a faster rate among women when compared to men.

Brå has reviewed statistics tracking the development of the phenomenon in Sweden for the past 12 years and plans to publish the results later this autumn.

Possible explanations for the rise include an increased propensity to report crimes, as well as recognition that women are also capable of violence.

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Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

The former politician has been charged on suspicion of murdering his colleague in an apartment south of Stockholm, after police found body parts in three different locations in the capital.

Sweden Democrat politician charged for dismembering colleague

According to the prosecution, the body parts found in plastic bags in central Stockholm came from a man in his 60s murdered in an apartment in Nyköping, south of Stockholm.

The man is said to have been killed by a pistol shot to the head, after which the 60-year-old charged with the murder dismembered the body.

The suspected murderer, who newspaper Expressen reports is a former Sweden Democrat politician, is said to have moved the body parts multiple times, eventually dumping them across the city.

In total, three body parts were found in two different locations – the Karlsberg canal and in the Djurgården park. Not all parts of the body have yet been found.

“We’ve carried out a comprehensive investigation into the victim and the suspect. We can, to some extent, show how and when the suspect moved the body parts,” prosecutor Marina Chirakova told TT.

The victim, who according to Expressen was also a former Sweden Democrat politician, had been friends with the suspected murderer for a number of years. Prosecutors did not comment on the motive behind the murder.

“That will be discussed in the main hearings,” she told TT.

The suspect was taken into custody in November last year after being arrested in Nyköping. He denies the charges, but accepts certain circumstances related to the case.

Upon his arrest, he resigned from his political obligations and his membership was frozen by the Sweden Democrats.

“I don’t want to comment on his stance on the charges or anything he has said,” she further told TT.

The murder is suspected to have taken place between August 30th and September 16th last year.

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