Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman wants to tighten penalties after several attacks with hand grenades, Photo: TT. Montage: Sveriges Radio.
Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman wants to tighten penalties after several attacks with hand grenades, Photo: TT. Montage: Sveriges Radio.

Government: Tougher penalties for grenades and explosives

The Swedish government wants to increase the penalties for those who commit crimes with explosives and hand grenades, Swedish Radio News reports. This follows a series of detonations in Malmö during the summer.

Home Affairs Minister Anders Ygeman says the use of a hand grenade ought to carry just as severe sentences as for those who violate the weapons law. Last year weapons legislation was tightened, including extending the sentence for violations from one to two years in prison. At the same time, a new crime of “extremely serious weapons offence” was added, with a six year sentence.

But the law covering inflammable and explosive materials was not changed. Today aggravated recklessness with grenades and explosive has a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Now the government wants to make the penalties for using explosives more severe, with reckless treatment of hand grenades treated the same as a weapons crime.

"There shouldn't be a difference between using a grenade and a pistol," Home Affairs Minister Yngeman tells Swedish Radio News.

He says he hopes the new legislation can be drafted during the winter and hopefully adopted soon afterwards.

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