Man arrested over double killing of Swedes in Copenhagen: report

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in Aarhus in connection with a shooting near Copenhagen earlier this week, in which two Swedish men were killed, according to a Danish newspaper.

Man arrested over double killing of Swedes in Copenhagen: report
The scene of the shooting in Herlev in greater Copenhagen on Tuesday. Photo: Mathias Øgendal / Ritzau Scanpix

A dramatic operation involving armed officers outside an apartment building in the Bispehaven area in Aarhus, Denmark’s second city, led to a man being escorted to a preliminary hearing at Glostrup District Court, daily Ekstra Bladet reports.

Glostrup is close to Copenhagen and the location of the shooting, which took place on Tuesday. A 21-year-old and a 23-year-old, both from Sweden, were killed.

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Police declined to comment on the arrest in Aarhus or confirm its connection to the shooting, however.

The preliminary hearing was conducted behind ‘double closed doors’, according to the newspaper’s reporter at the court.

That means no information relating to potential charges will be made public following the hearing.

But the Danish prosecution authority confirmed that step had been taken due to the case “relating to organised gang crime with connections abroad,” Ekstra Bladet writes.

A Swedish interpreter was present at the court.

Swedish daily Expressen has previously reported that the 23-year-old victim was a leading member of a gang known as ‘Snottaz’ from the Rinkeby neighbourhood in Stockholm. The other man was from Tensta, also near the Swedish capital, according to the newspaper.

Copenhagen West Police confirmed on Thursday that they were coordinating with Swedish law enforcement in the investigation of the crime.

The shooting took place on the Sennepshaven road in Herlev, around 12 kilometres northwest of central Copenhagen.

The victims' vehicle was hit by shots at least ten times and both pistols and automatic weapons were probably used, Ritzau reported earlier this week.

READ ALSO: Swedish gang member shot dead in Copenhagen

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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