Swedish police search for escaped murder suspect

A murder suspect escaped from the custody of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvarden) on Thursday, setting off a large-scale police action.

Swedish police search for escaped murder suspect
Police were searching for the man with dogs and helicopters. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT
The suspect, a 25-year-old male, was being transported from a psychiatric detention centre in Gotherburg to Salberga Prison in Sala when he escaped from a stopped transport vehicle at around 11:30am between Finnerödja and Laxå.
“The car was stopped when it happened. Why the car had stopped is unknown to us at this time,” Claes Nöjd of the Prison and Probation Service said. 
According to police, there was no violent struggle involved in the escape. The suspect, reportedly barefoot and still in handcuffs, ran into a heavily wooded area. 
As of 6pm, the murder suspect was still on the loose and being sought by police. 
“We have a large number of police patrols, dogs and helicopters looking for him,” Christina Hallin of the Bergslagen Police Region said. 
Speaking to Expressen, Hallin warned that the man “may be desperate and behave aggressively”.  
The 25-year-old was arrested in April for a stabbing death in the Stockholm area.  

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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