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Rapper topping Swedish charts arrested on murder suspicions

The rapper who currently tops the Swedish charts on Spotify being held in pre-trial detention on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a former friend.

Rapper topping Swedish charts arrested on murder suspicions
An image from the cover of Yasin Byn's 2018 release Chicago: Photo: Madeniggamusic
Yasin Abdullahi, who goes by the name Yasin Byn, is currently leading the chart with XO, a song which lauds the intoxicating combination of Rémy Martin cognac and cannabis. 
 
According to the Expressen newspaper, he was arrested on the night before New Years' Eve, after a 20-year-old young man was found by with fatal shot wounds to the head in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby. The man, formerly a close friend of Yasin, died later that night. 
 
The rapper has won more than 640,000 monthly listeners on Spotify for songs glorifying his life of drugs, violence and gang crime, which have been played more than 50m times. 
 
He is believed to combine his successful musical career with the leadership of Shottaz, a gang based in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby.  In one rap, he boasts about his handling illegal weapons: ”If I'm sitting in a car. At least two Glocks in the back. Yasin Byn is hard to kill.” 
 
 
Abdullahi is one of a total of seven young men arrested in connection with the case. Two were released quickly, two were released after a custody hearing on Friday, and three, including Abdullahi, remain held on suspicion of murder. 
 
Frida Wallin, Abdullahi's defence lawyer told Expressen she had no comments to give on how her client planned to plead. 
 
Shottaz is currently involved in a bitter four-year gang war with its local rival Dödspatrullen (the death patrol), a gang war which was involved in the shooting of a double killing in Copenhagen last July
 
Abdullahi has been sentenced three times for drugs offences since 2015, and was in 2018 sentenced to prison for two years and three months after he was stopped by police in a car in the Stockholm suburb of Bromma, together with the victim of his current murder case, carrying a submachine gun and a semi-automatic pistol. 
 
As well as XO, Abdullahi has three other songs in the Spotify top 50 list.  
 
 

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Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

A man was shot to death in Kristianstad, Skåne, late on Thursday night. He is the 48th person to be shot dead in Sweden this year, meaning that the previous record for most fatal shootings in one year set in 2020 has now been broken.

Sweden breaks yearly record for fatal shootings

“Unfortunately we can’t say more than that he’s in his twenties and we have no current suspects,” duty officer Mikael Lind told TT newswire.

According to police statistics, this most recent deadly shooting means that 48 people have been shot to death in 2022, meaning that Sweden has broken a new record for deadly shootings per year.

Earlier this week, Sweden’s police chief Anders Thornberg said that this number is likely to rise even higher before the end of the year.

“It looks like we’re going to break the record this year,” he told TT on Tuesday. “That means – if it continues at the same pace – around 60 deadly shootings.”

“If it ends up being such a large increase that would be very unusual,” said Manne Gerell, criminiologist at Malmö University.

“We saw a large increase between 2017 and 2018, and we could see the same now, as we’re on such low figures in Sweden. But it’s still worrying that it’s increasing by so much over such a short time period,” he said.

There also seems to be an upwards trend in the number of shootings overall during 2022. 273 shootings had occured by September 1st this year, compared with 344 for the whole of 2021 and 379 for the whole of 2020.

If shootings continue at this rate for the rest of 2022, it is likely that the total number for the year would be higher than 2021 and 2020. There are, however, fewer injuries.

“The majority of shootings cause no injuries, but this year, mortality has increased substantially,” Gerell explained. “There aren’t more people being shot, but when someone is shot, they’re more likely to die.”

Thursday’s shooting took place in Kristianstad, but it’s only partially true that deadly gun violence is becoming more common in smaller cities.

“It’s moved out somewhat to smaller cities, but we’re overexaggerating that effect,” Gerell said. “We’re forgetting that there have been shootings in other small cities in previous years.”

A report from the Crime Prevention Council (Brå) presented last spring showed that Sweden, when compared with 22 different countries in Europe, was the only one with an upwards trend for deadly shootings.

Temporary increases can be seen during some years in a few countries, but there were no countries which showed such a clear increase as Sweden has seen for multiple years in a row, according to Brå.

The Swedish upwards trend for deadly gun violence began in the beginning of the 2000s, but the trend took off in 2013 and has continued to increase since.

Eight of ten deadly shootings take place in criminal environments, the study showed. The Swedish increase has taken place in principle only among the 20-29 year old age group.

When police chief Anders Thornberg was asked how the trend can be broken, he said that new recruitments are one of the most important factors.

“The most important thing is to break recruitment, make sure we can listen encrypted and that we can get to the profits of crime in a better way,” he said.

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