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Four held after ‘record’ amphetamine haul

Four men have been held on remand after police found a record 160 kilogrammes of amphetamine in an apartment in southern Sweden.

The drugs were imported in a truck from Slovakia and discovered in an apartment in Helsingborg by police in November last year. Police have labelled it a record haul.

“To our knowledge, we’ve never seized more than 100 kilogrammes in Sweden before,” said Per Wadhed at the National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalen) to the TT news agency.

According to Sveriges Television, Swedish police pulled in 124.4 kilogrammes throughout all of 2011.

The sting was part of a large scale operation involving both Europol and Slovakian police.

Three of the men are now being held on remand in Sweden suspected of aggravated drug crimes, and one man is being held in Slovakia. All four men have previous criminal records.

Two of the suspects are Swedish citizens, one of whom has requested to be extradited from Slovakia to Sweden.

The bust was made after Swedish authorities were tipped off by Norwegian police that drugs were coming into Norway across the Swedish border.

Police suspect the drugs were intended to be sold on the Stockholm market, and had an estimated street value of 160 million kronor ($24.6 million).

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Hunter shot jogger ‘by mistake’ Swedish court rules

A Norwegian hunter who shot a jogger in the thigh probably thought he was shooting a deer, a Swedish court has ruled.

Hunter shot jogger 'by mistake' Swedish court rules
75-year-old Olle Rosdahl was shot while out jogging. Photo: TT
Helsingborg District Court ruled that although video recorded by the hunter's night sights clearly showed that the figure he was aiming at looked like a person, it was nonetheless plausible that he had believed he was aiming at a roe deer.
 
“When we look at the film in hindsight, we know that it is a person,” Sofia Tollgerdt, the judge in the case, ruled. “But according to the research, there is a considerable risk that we overestimate our ability to recognize that at the moment of shooting.” 
 
The man, who faced a 12-year sentence if found guilty of attempted murder, was instead sentenced to one year behind bars, and ordered to pay damages of 38,000 Swedish kronor ($4084). 
 
The hunter's defence lawyer in court cited research showing that experienced hunters who are expecting to see a certain animal in a hunting environment can trick their own minds into seeing that animal even when it isn't there. 
 
The hunter was found guilty of causing serious bodily harm and using illegal infrared sights and illegal ammunition, and was severely criticized for deliberately shooting in the direction of a road which had buildings behind it. 
 
Ola Lavie, the prosecutor in the case, said that he had realized the man was likely to be found innocent when he was released from custody on the last day of the trial. 
 
 
“I was surprised when he was released so I'm not surprised now,” he told Swedish state broadcaster SVT. “All I can say is that the court made a completely different judgement in the case from the one I did.” 
 
Lavie said he had not yet decided whether to appeal the judgement. 
 
Olle Rosdahl, 75,  was having an early morning run in the countryside outside his home in Klippan, Skåne, at 4.30am on November 29 last year when he suddenly received a bullet in his hip. 
 
“I heard a blast and fell to the ground. I was shrieking 'What the hell kind of shooting is that',” Rosdahl told Swedish broadcaster SVT after it happened. 
 
When the 48-year-old Norwegian was initially arrested, police believed the shooting was accidental, but after  looking at the recordings from the sights saved on his phone, the prosecutor charged him with attempted murder.
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