Criminal ‘clans’ challenge Sweden’s law enforcement

Stockholm, Sept 23 (AFP/APP): Police in Sweden say they’re struggling to control criminal “clans” exercising their own form of justice, amid an escalation of violent crime in what has long been a tranquil and safe country. With close family loyalties and little regard for the authorities, a few dozen criminal gangs now wield considerable influence over some of Sweden’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods, say experts. Shootings, bombings and grenade attacks have become regular events in cities and towns across the country. Media outlets report on drug wars, blackmail, settlings of scores and witnesses too fearful of repercussions to testify. “Have you seen … Continue reading Criminal ‘clans’ challenge Sweden’s law enforcement