Further measures to combat organised crime presented

Further measures to combat organised crime presented

In the summer of 2015, the Prime Minister commissioned the Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson (S) and the Minister for HomeAffairs,AndersYgeman (S) to develop further efforts to combat organised crime.They presented the government’s overall effort against organised crime in December 2015.The initiative is long-term; attacking organised crime from several directions and is aimed at both fight and prevent crime. On 21 December, 2016, Mr Johansson and Mr Ygeman presented further measures to combat organised crime at a press conference.

The Justice Minister said criminals should not be allowed to rule the suburbs or elsewhere. “Police and prosecutors must have the right tools to tackle gang crime,” said Mr Johansson told reporters. “If one is to win the fight against organized crime then the most criminally active individuals must be locked-up,” he said, reports Sveriges Radio‘.

The measures included higher minimum sentences for certain serious violent crimes, a new weapons amnesty and giving the police powers to use secret surveillance.

• Sentences for serious assault and aggravated robbery should be raised from four to five years imprisonment • Sentences for aggravated assault and aggravated extortion from 1 year to 1.5 years
• Sentences for unlawful threat and unlawful coercion should be raised from 6 months to 9 months
• For serious gun crime, the minimum sentence would be doubled from one year to two years.

In addition, an inquiry be set up to review the new penalties for young people. The measures will be investigated before being presented to the Riksdag as a concrete proposal.

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