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Man critical after Malmö street shooting

A 31-year-old man remains in critical condition after he was shot in broad daylight near Möllevångstorget in central Malmö on Friday afternoon.

The man was rushed to hospital after sustaining gunshot wounds to the stomach and face in a shooting on Bergsgatan shortly before 3pm on Friday afternoon.

According to staff at Skåne University Hospital, the man underwent an operation on Friday night but his injuries remain life-threatening.

According to several witnesses, several shots were fired in the attack near the busy Malmö market place and residential neighbourhood.

“I saw how a man lay on the street and bled from the face. He was surrounded by people and someone was pressing against his stomach,” a witness told the local Sydsvenskan daily.

Malmö police chief Andy Roberts told the newspaper that several photos of the assailant were taken by witnesses.

“We have a good description,” he said.

The area around Bergsgatan was cordoned off for several hours on Friday afternoon as police technicians worked to collect forensic evidence and attempts were made to track the gunman.

The search continued on Saturday with no suspects having yet been detained.

According to a study by the National Crime Prevention Council (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå) published in September 2012, daytime shootings are becoming more common within criminal circles in Sweden.

In the month prior to the report, some ten outdoor shootings were reported with police officers in Swedish cities identifying a change in criminal behaviour.

“The impression police have is that shootings are far more reckless than previously,” Brå researcher Danial Vesterhav told the TT news agency at the time.

POLITICS

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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