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Malmö sees first month in three years without a shooting

March was the first month in more than three years without a shooting reported in the city of Malmö, fuelling hopes that its long wave of tit-for-tat killings may have peaked.

Malmö sees first month in three years without a shooting
Police cordon off an area in Rosengård after a shooting on New Years' Eve 2018. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
According to police statistics obtained by state broadcaster Sveriges Radio, September 2015 was the last calendar month in the city with no reports of guns being fired. 
 
“We have just had an extraordinary number of shooting in 2016, 2017 and even over a part of 2018,” Jonas Karlberg, head of Malmö police's serious crimes unit, told the radio broadcaster.  “So obviously to the extent that there's no shooting in Malmö, we're extremely pleased.” 
 
The good news has not continued into April, however, with a shooting taking place on April 10th at a house in Rosengård, although no one was injured. 
 
There have been just six recorded shootings so far this year in the city, with no one so far killed or injured in the attacks. 
 
This comes in contrast to 2018, which was the deadliest year to date in the city's gang war, with no fewer than 12 people shot dead, and four shootings in just 24 hours on November 8th. Ten people were shot dead in 2017. 
 
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Manne Gerell, Associate Professor of Criminology at Malmö University, told The Local it was too early to tell whether the city was at a turning point. 
 
“Obviously it's good to see that there are no shootings at the moment, but it's a bit too soon to put any interpretations on it,” he said.
 
He said, however, that the police's Stop Shooting or Sluta Skjut programme might have played a role in declining rates of gun violence. 
 
“It's certainly possible. That programme has produced reductions in gun violence in other cities where it's been tested,” he said. “But it could just be coincidence, or it could be having more people in prison, finally.” 

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Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

Birgitte Bonnesen, a former CEO of Swedish bank Swedbank, has been acquitted of charges of fraud and sharing insider information.

Swedish court clears former Swedbank CEO of fraud charges

The ruling from the Stockholm District Court comes four years after the eruption of a money laundering scandal implicating the bank.

In 2019, Swedish public service broadcaster SVT alleged that at least 40 billion kronor (equivalent at the time to $4.4 billion) of suspicious and high-risk transactions had been channelled to Baltic countries, notably Estonia, from Swedbank accounts.

The revelations, which saw the bank’s share price crumble, rendered Bonnesen’s position untenable and she was fired.

Sweden’s financial regulator the following year fined the bank some 360 million euros and warned it to follow anti-money laundering laws.

Prosecutors later charged Bonnesen, accusing her of “intentionally or by aggravated negligence” providing false or misleading information about the steps the bank had taken to prevent and detect suspected money laundering.

Bonnesen, who risked two years in prison, denied all of the charges against her.

The court said that while some of the statements the former CEO made to media outlets had been “unclear and incomplete”, they did not amount to fraud.

“For criminal liability, it is not enough for someone to make a false statement or omit key information,” judge Malou Lindblom said, adding that any statement needed to be sufficient to influence recipients “in a certain direction”.

Bonnesen was also cleared of charges of revealing insider information by informing the bank’s main owners that the investigative documentary was coming.

The court said the former CEO had only revealed what she believed the documentary would cover, which was deemed too “imprecise” to be considered insider information.

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