Anders Ygeman and Morgan Johansson at today's press conference.
Anders Ygeman and Morgan Johansson at today's press conference. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Government to get tough on violent crime

The government on Wednesday announced tougher prison sentences and other measures to deal with violent crimes.

Justice Minister Morgan Johansson and Home Affairs minister Anders Ygeman said they were determined to get tough on violent criminals and today announced a raft of new measures against organized crime.

"Police and prosecutors must have the right tools to tackle gang crime," Morgan Johnasson told reporters at a press conference in Stockholm.

"If one is to win the fight against organized crime then the most criminally active individuals must be locked-up," he said. 

The justice minister said criminals should not be allowed to rule the suburbs or elsewhere.

The government pledged to raise the minimum penalties for a raft of serious crimes.

The sentences for serious assault and aggravated robbery should be raised from four to five years in prison.

The punishment for aggravated assault and aggravated extortion from 1 year to 1.5 years. For unlawful threat and unlawful coercion, the minimum sentence should rise from 6 months to 9 months.

The measures will be investigated before being presented to parliament as a concrete proposal. 

For serious gun crime, the minimum sentence would be doubled from one year to two years, said Anders Ygeman.

"If you go in town with a loaded weapon, the risk is that you will not be back home for two years," he said.

The measures also include giving the police powers to use secret surveillance.

In addition, an inquiry be set up to review the new penalties for young people, including youth monitoring where those convicted must stay at home on weekends and evenings, and possibly wear electronic tags. tagging.

The cities of Malmö, Gothenburg and Malmö have all been blighted by violent gang crime in recent years, with an upswing in gun-related offences.

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