Father of four held wife and kids captive

A father of four is Uppsala is suspected of keeping his children, currently between the ages of 16 and 22, home from school their entire lives. The children and the man's wife are also alleged to have been illegally imprisoned in their home, reported Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper.

The man was arrested at the end of June after the police received a call about a disturbance at the residence. It was then discovered he had repeatedly abused his wife. He was taken into custody for gross violation of a woman’s integrity.

It was later found out that he had also prevented his two daughters and two sons from attending school. How he confined them to the home is still unclear, a police source told UNT.

The police believe that the man used threats and violence to keep the children under his control and stop them from coming and going out to play. The children were reportedly only seen out in public in a group under the surveillance of their father.

The man’s wife was also said to have periodically been held captive and he is therefore now under suspicion for the illegal imprisonment of both his wife and children.

The family is reported to have spent periods of time in the man’s native country, as well as elsewhere abroad. The children, however, were born in Sweden and are Swedish citizens.

The man’s identity is also unclear since information about his age is incorrect, reported UNT.

According to Uppsala police spokesperson Christer Nordström, the children are doing well given the circumstances. He told TT that the neighbours became suspicous when the children were never seen alone outside.

“You wonder how it’s possible to be born in Sweden and not attend school. It raises questions about how well we monitor those who come to Sweden and their children,” he said.

Police received a call about the family on June 27th. “Then we received a report about what had happened to the family. It came in from several sources, from neighbours, but also from relatives. I believe the wife was one of them in one instance,” Nordström told TT.

He believes that one reason that no one had reported the case previously was that they travelled abroad frequently.

“They have been gone the last several years, possibly since 2004, and just came back to Sweden this year.”

Just how the father was able to keep all four children out of school for so long without raising alarm bells is unknown. Social welfare services in Uppsala were unfamiliar with the family’s case prior to the police report.

The father denies the charges of illegal imprisonment and gross violation of a woman’s integrity, according to his lawyer Claes Nylander.

According to Nylander, the father also claims that the children have attended school, but not in Sweden.

Prosecutor Johan Strömbäck has just received the case. It was previously reported that charges might be filed on Tuesday, but Strömbäck said that there may be a delay.

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Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

The chairwoman of the Police Association West Region has said that police special tactics, known as Särskild polistaktik or SPT, should be available across Sweden, to use in demonstrations similar to those during the Easter weekend.

Calls for special police tactics to be available across Sweden

SPT, (Särskild polistaktik), is a tactic where the police work with communication rather than physical measures to reduce the risk of conflicts during events like demonstrations.

Tactics include knowledge about how social movements function and how crowds act, as well as understanding how individuals and groups act in a given situation. Police may attempt to engage in collaboration and trust building, which they are specially trained to do.

Katharina von Sydow, chairwoman of the Police Association West Region, told Swedish Radio P4 West that the concept should exist throughout the country.

“We have nothing to defend ourselves within 10 to 15 metres. We need tools to stop this type of violent riot without doing too much damage,” she said.

SPT is used in the West region, the South region and in Stockholm, which doesn’t cover all the places where the Easter weekend riots took place.

In the wake of the riots, police unions and the police’s chief safety representative had a meeting with the National Police Chief, Anders Tornberg, and demanded an evaluation of the police’s work. Katharina von Sydow now hopes that the tactics will be introduced everywhere.

“This concept must exist throughout the country”, she said.

During the Easter weekend around 200 people were involved in riots after a planned demonstration by anti-Muslim Danish politician Rasmus Paludan and his party Stram Kurs (Hard Line), that included the burning of the Muslim holy book, the Koran.

Police revealed on Friday that at least 104 officers were injured in counter-demonstrations that they say were hijacked by criminal gangs intent on targeting the police. 

Forty people were arrested and police are continuing to investigate the violent riots for which they admitted they were unprepared. 

Paludan’s application for another demonstration this weekend was rejected by police.

In Norway on Saturday, police used tear gas against several people during a Koran-burning demonstration after hundreds of counter-demonstrators clashed with police in the town of Sandefjord.