Reinfeldt calls for tough approach on crime

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has called for a tougher stance on certain crimes, including burglary.

Reinfeldt calls for tough approach on crime

“The penalties for some crimes are unjustifiably low,” Reinfeldt said.

Speaking at a Moderate party conference, Reinfeldt warned that the rules in the legal system provide immunity from penalties for certain crimes and criminals in some situations see themselves as immune from penalty.

Reinfeldt presented a number of proposals to strengthen society’s response to crime, including calling for higher sentences for residential burglary.

He observed that when investigating someone who is suspected of a slew of burglaries, the police often investigate only a couple of them.

The Prime Minister therefore sought a change to the rules that allow the police to neglect to investigate all suspected crimes.

He also expressed regret over cases where convicted criminals have time to commit new crimes before sentences are executed, a situation which he claimed the legal system ignores.

Bullying and harassment on the internet was another area which Reinfeldt referred to in his speech, arguing that more cases should lead to charges.

“It can not be a penalty-free zone,” he said, expressing the wish to establish a national cybercrime centre.

Reinfeldt was also critical of how the statistics of solved crimes were reported, referring specifically to crimes classified as solved, when in fact the cases had simply been closed.

Furthermore Reinfeldt wants to abolish the so-called youth discount on punishment for offenders aged between 18-21-years-old and allow for a curfew on weekends for young offenders, to be controlled by electronic tagging.

These two proposals were previously presented last winter.

Reinfeldt also proposed an intelligence guarantee which would mean that victims should be informed about the progress of a police investigation.

“All of these ten points, we want to do together with our Alliance coalition friends and go to the polls with,” he said.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

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Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden.