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Swede arrested in UK for suspected terror offence: reports

A Swedish woman was arrested at London's Gatwick airport on suspicion of terrorist crimes, according to British media which cited police.

Swede arrested in UK for suspected terror offence: reports
A plane comes in to land at Gatwick airport outside London, where the woman was reportedly arrested. File photo: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The woman was detained after arriving in London on a flight from Italy shortly after 2pm on Thursday, according to publications including the Huffington Post.

“We have seen the media reports about it, but we cannot comment on it. [Questions relating to] Swedes arrested overseas are not a question for Säpo,” Sofia Hellqvist, a press officer at Swedish security service Säpo, told TT. She said that the Foreign Ministry was responsible for dealing with Swedes arrested overseas.

The arrested woman remains in police custody and is suspected of Islamic extremism, including commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism, the Independent reported.

READ ALSO: Sweden moves to tighten anti-terror laws: five key things to know

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HEALTH

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 

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