Danish man charged and jailed in Gothenburg

A 27-year-old Danish man was charged Sunday with illegal weapon possession in connection with last week’s deadly shooting incident in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Danish man charged and jailed in Gothenburg
A man lays flowers on the crime scene of a fatal shooting in Gothenburg, Sweden. Two people were killed and several injured when at least one gunman armed with an automatic weapon began firing in a pu
An unnamed 27-year-old Dane was charged with "seriously" violating Sweden's gun laws along with two other men, aged 18 and 20, on Sunday.
The three men are suspected of having connections to a deadly attack at a Gothenburg restaurant on Wednesday
The trio were arrested 24 hours after at least two masked gunmen armed with machine guns stormed a busy restaurant in Sweden’s second largest city, spraying it with bullets and killing a 20-year-old and a 25-year-old. Several witnesses say a third man filmed the attack.
Early on in the investigation, police said they believed the shooting was gang-related, triggered by an on-going feud.
On Thursday – a day after the shooting – the three men were arrested after police found several arms in the car they were travelling in.  On Sunday, a Gothenburg district court charged the trio on suspicion of “seriously” violating the country’s gun laws. All three have denied the charges. None of them have been charged with suspected involvement in the shooting, however.
“Police are saying that they can’t rule out a link [to the deadly shooting]. And in that sense that’s correct; nothing can really be ruled out,” Peter Gillberg, the lawyer of the youngest suspect, told Swedish news agency TT.
Police would not say what type of weapons were found in the vehicle, but the seriousness of the charges filed by the court indicate that there was either a great amount of, or especially dangerous weapons in the car.
“They had two Kalashnikovs in the car and are extremely interesting [in the case],” an unnamed police source was quoted as telling tabloid Expressen.
Out of the eight people injured in the attack, one is still in a serious “but stable” condition, and five others are receiving treatment for less serious injuries. Two others have been able to leave hospital.

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Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

Denmark is to give international war crimes a specific paragraph in its criminal code, ending its position as one of the last European countries not to have specific laws on war crimes.

Denmark to add war crimes to criminal code

The government confirmed on Tuesday that it supports a motion by the opposition Socialist People’s Party (SF) to introduce a war crimes paragraph.

“I think it’s important to say first and foremost that war crimes are already illegal in Danish criminal law,” Justice Minister Peter Hummelgaard told news wire Ritzau.

“It is not written in as specific clauses in the criminal law, but all offences that are war crimes are criminal,” he said.

“But with all that said, I think that SF has an important point in saying that the time has now come for us to introduce an independent criminalisation of war crimes. I think that would send out an important message to the world, and especially to victims,” he said.

“I will therefore, when the motion is discussed tomorrow [Tuesday, ed.] say, that the government backs criminalising war crimes independently under Danish law,” he said.

Hummelgaard plans to initiate a committee to look into how laws against war crimes can be written and added to the criminal code.

The committee will also consider whether sentences for war crimes should be higher than existing sentences given from crimes such as murder and torture.