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CRIME

Counterfeiting ring exposed in Stockholm

Police near Stockholm have broken up a major counterfeiting ring specializing in US dollars and euros.

Counterfeiting ring exposed in Stockholm

Following several months of surveillance, police on Tuesday arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of being the operation’s ring leader, according to the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The arrest comes days after police confiscated counterfeit bills worth “millions” in Swedish kronor during a raid on a site in Märsta north of Stockholm.

Five other men with criminal backgrounds are also in custody, one of whom was found to have a sizeable cache of weapons when police apprehended him.

Police launched an investigation after receiving several reports of false bills circulating in Sweden last autumn.

“We have found money from the same source in circulation in society,” said public prosecutor Gunnar Fjaestad, who is leading the investigation, to DN.

Police are still unsure exactly where the bills may have been produced, however.

The suspected ring leader is a known figure to Scandinavian law enforcement, having been previously convicted of document forgery.

He was also one of four people arrested in Denmark several years ago for trying to sell a Rembrandt painting from Stockholm’s National Museum several years earlier.

The Supreme Court eventually had the 30-year-old and several other accomplices acquitted, citing methods used by the Swedish and American law enforcement to trap the man that were not allowed.

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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