Fugitive who vanished in Sweden sparks international search notice

A convicted murderer who escaped from a transport near Laxå in Örebro County on Thursday is now the subject of an international search.

Fugitive who vanished in Sweden sparks international search notice
Police searched for the man with dogs and helicopters on Thursday. Photo: Jeppe Gustafsson/TT

The search effort in the area around where the 25-year-old convict escaped ended on Friday, and the case has been transferred to police in Stockholm.

He was being transported from a psychiatric detention centre in Gothenburg to Salberga Prison in Sala when he escaped from a stopped transport vehicle between Finnerödja and Laxå at around 11:30am on Thursday.

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.

“We have had a nationwide alert since the day he disappeared,” Eva Nilsson, press officer with Stockholm Police, said, adding that the man was now being searched for internationally.

Nilsson said that there were no indications the man had left Sweden, however.

“There is nothing to indicate (that he has left the country), but if he does he will face the obstacle that Sweden is searching for him (internationally),” she said.

The international search notice was issued on Saturday afternoon.

Police are currently not conducting any active organised searches other than normal investigative procedure.

The 25-year-old was arrested in April for a stabbing death in the Stockholm area. He is convicted of murder but has appealed against the verdict and is therefore deemed to be under arrest.

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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