Stricter Punishments for Assaults
The Swedish government has proposed stricter prison sentences for particularly violent crimes such as aggravated assault.
Under the new proposals, such crimes would carry a minimum prison sentence of four years, while the maximum punishment of ten years would remain unchanged.
On the average, those convicted for violent assault in Sweden today are rarely sentenced to more than 18 months in jail, according to official figures.
Swedish Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask told Swedish Radio News that stricter punishments were needed to tackle extremely violent attacks which border on torture or target vulnerable groups such as the elderly or the disabled.
"This is needed to clarify for the courts and others that we take this type of crime particularly seriously," she said.