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Five convicted over shooting and stabbing murders in Stockholm suburb

Five men have been convicted of murders in the Hallonbergen suburb of Stockholm, where in early 2017 a man was killed then a couple subsequently murdered after one of them provided a witness account regarding the first incident.

Five convicted over shooting and stabbing murders in Stockholm suburb
The men at the trial in Solna. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

The first murder happened in January 2017, when a man was shot in a garage where he was present with six people known to him, then later shot again after his car was rammed off the road while he attempted to make his way to hospital. The victim was shot in the head, body and arms.

Solna District Court judged on Tuesday that three of the men from the garage were “so involved in the murder that they should be convicted of it”.

“One was the driving force of starting a car chase, another had telephone contact with the victim in order to find him, and a third drove the car used to chase the man,” the court said in explaining its decision to convict the three of murder.

According to the court document which The Local has seen, because two of the men, Munir Nooraldin and Amir Jabbari Taklar, were under the age of 21 at the time of the incident, they were sentenced to ten and 12 years in prison respectively rather than a possible 16 years in prison.

The third man, Fouad Saleh, was over the age of 21 and along with being convicted of murder for the shooting, has also been convicted of the subsequent double murder of a couple in the same suburb, which involved two of the other men present in the garage where the shooting took place.

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Saleh along with his accomplices broke into a couple's home near the garage in March. The woman who lived there was stabbed to death with a knife, while her husband who had been a witness to the earlier shooting after seeing several people he recognised flee from the scene, was also killed.

One man, Mikael Chamounr, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the stabbing while a second who was only 16 at the time was sentenced to three years in institutional youth care. Saleh, the third culprit who was also convicted of the shooting and confessed to killing the couple, was sentenced to life in prison.

Three men who were also charged in the case were freed as the prosecution could not prove they were involved in the crimes.

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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