Swede arrested over shooting of teenager in Denmark

A 34-year-old Swedish citizen has been arrested on suspicion of shooting 16-year-old Servet Abdija in Copenhagen in October last year.

Swede arrested over shooting of teenager in Denmark
People at the scene of the shooting of Servet Abdija in October last year. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

The suspect was arrested in Zealand on suspicion of the teenager’s murder and was remanded in custody for 25 days on Friday afternoon, broadcaster DR reports.

The man was assisted by a Swedish-speaking interpreter at the preliminary hearing, DR writes. He is reported to be a Swedish citizen with heritage in the former Yugoslavia.

Part of the preliminary hearing was conducted behind closed doors, but the 34-year-old is reported to be under suspicion of killing Abdija as well as possessing weapons.

The arrest in Zealand has been planned by police for some time, DR writes, with the man having been placed under arrest in absentia in July this year.

A number of police raids in southern Sweden have also been carried out as part of the investigation, in which both Danish and Swedish investigators have participated.

Last month, weapons connected to the crime came into police possession.

Teenager Abidja died after being shot six times at close range on October 16th last year near his family’s home on the border of Copenhagen’s Nørrebro and Østerbro districts. His mother is reported to have heard the shots being fired from inside the family apartment.

Three masked men, who were dressed in black, were subsequently seen fleeing the scene on foot. They are thought to have waited for the victim for around 45 minutes before the attack.

The day before the shooting, three masked men were seen in the same area, where they were in contact with a fourth man in a dark car.

The victim was not known to have any connections to criminal networks in the Danish capital, police previously told DR.

Lead investigator Hans Erik Raben told news agency Ritzau on Friday that further arrests in the case were possible.

“There is still much investigation to be done in this case and we are continuing our work unabated. So we will see whether there are further arrests. I certainly wouldn’t rule it out,” Raben 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.