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HÖGSBY 'HONOUR' KILLING
Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

Published: 10 May 2011 14:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 May 2011 14:56 GMT+02:00

The Swedish Supreme Court has ruled to remand the parents of man convicted of a so-called "honour" killing in Högsby, southern Sweden in 2005, the first time it has issued a remand ruling since the 1980s.

The court's five justices ruled to proceed behind closed doors, shortly after commencing the hearing against the couple who are suspected of having murdered 20-year-old Abba Rezai in 2005.

The case has been described by lower courts as an "honour" killing as Rezai was in a relationship with the couple's 16-year-old daughter at the time.

The Supreme Court rarely holds remand hearings, with the last occasion being back in the 1980s. Furthermore it is unusual for the court to order a retrial in a case which implicates another person.

The Supreme Court has ruled to allow a retrial in the case of the couple's son, who was 18-years-old at the time and who remains the only person convicted in connection to the case.

The man, who is now 23-years-old has completed his four sentence in youth detention and is in the process of appealing a deportation order to Afghanistan.

His parents were meanwhile acquitted despite both the district court and the appeal court ruling that their son could not have committed the crime alone.

Ulf Venderot, one of the investigating officers, told news agency TT that the police suspected at the time that the teenager was not the only person involved in the gruesome killing.

"All of the interrogators believed that son was not telling the whole story, and instead that the whole family was involved. I am not surprised over the retrial," he said.

In support of his case he has cited the testimony made in police interviews by his younger brother, who was 15-years-old at the time. The teenager spent some time in state care due to concerns over reprisals from his family.

The 22-year-old's parents however contest the charges and dispute their son's new version of the events.

20-year-old Abbas Rezai was found dead in an apartment in Högsby in southern Sweden in November 2005.

After a police examination it was concluded that Rezai was scalded with hot oil, hit with a variety of objects and repeatedly stabbed in the back and chest, with the majority of the wounds sustained after his death. He was also almost entirely scalped and one of his fingers had been partially chopped off.

"The victim thought that he had gone to Högsby to be accepted into the family. He was instead fooled into coming to be killed to put an end to his relationship with the daughter," Ulf Venderot said, adding that the case was his first experience of a so-called "honour killing".

The issue of "honour killing" gained greater prominence in Sweden following the murder of Fadime Sahindal at the hands of her father in 2002.

Sahindal moved to Sweden as a seven-year-old from Turkey. She leapt to national prominence in the autumn of 2001 when she held a speech in Sweden's Riksdag telling of her exposed situation at the hands of oppressive male relatives.

She was murdered by her father, Rahmi Sahindal, in January 2002. Sahindal confessed to the crime in police interviews explaining his motive that his daughter had shamed the family by publicising how some Kurdish women were being treated.

The Swedish police estimate that around 1-3 "honour" killings occur each year in Sweden, mostly directed against females.

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15:55 May 10, 2011 by Syftfel
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16:25 May 10, 2011 by prince T
The challenge here is dat islam is à religion full of contradictions. And this is costing lives of many. For example there are many interpretations to headgear by various muslims. Osama dat killes 1000's of Peppe is à hero 2 some & villian to some.
16:31 May 10, 2011 by technoviking
"his motive that his daughter had shamed the family by publicising how some Kurdish women were being treated."

Those Muslims sure hate when you tell the truth about them...

Why is that?
16:43 May 10, 2011 by fishermen
Event such as this, is what makes westerners see Muslims in the wrong light. It is despicable, not only should the accused killer be deported back to Afghanistan, but the parents as well, after they have serve a lengthy stint in jail.

When will these despicable persons, stop maligning Muslims? If you want to go live in the stone age, go there by yourselves. There is nothing Islamic about honour killings, it is all about the parents wanting financial security and prestige. It is about their selfishness.

If they want to live in such a culture, then why come to live in western societies? What they have done, is showed nothing but ungratefulness, to a country and a culture, that has opened its hands and heart to them seeking refuge in their time of oppression. In return, they have spat in its face with this senseless and selfish act.

Then we wonder why, those who do not like diversity of ethnicity in Sweden will ride this senseless act to further their cause.
16:50 May 10, 2011 by Swedesmith
This family does not sound as though they would fit in too well in Sweden...or anywhere for that matter. Jail sounds like the right place for them.
17:11 May 10, 2011 by Syftfel
There's plenty of room below for a social democrat, a miljöpartist, a muslim, or some other bottom scraping dreck to weigh in on this story. Let me see your spin on this one. We're suppposed to feel sooooooorry for them? Or have some understaaaaaanding? Right?
17:31 May 10, 2011 by goober
I think people are somewhat missing the point here. Forget the religious aspect.......what sort of human being pours boiling oil over another and then tries to scalp them?

I do not care what religion they are, there is something truly horrific about this crime and one has to wonder where there is the remotest trace of humanity.
18:30 May 10, 2011 by William Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha
I don't understand what this article is saying. One person has been tried, found guilty, served his sentence and now they are going to try him again for the same crime. Then 2 others have been tried for the crime and were found not guilty and they too are now been tried again. Have I got that right? Is double jeopardy not used in the Swedish legal system?
19:41 May 10, 2011 by motti
These people love death and hate life.

There is no other arguement.

Sweden remember. What you sow, so shall you reap.

Life will become even more troublesome for your country, with unlimited immigration from despotic illiterate regimes.
19:53 May 10, 2011 by helveeta
welcome to the new Sweden.
21:06 May 10, 2011 by Hwiorae
What does this have to do w/ immigration? Banning anyone from entering the country isn't going to stop these crimes, which are against humanity--not Sweden. You bigots should be focusing on how to solve that issue, rather than politicize things to your own benefit.
21:28 May 10, 2011 by jbat
Princess T.. the real truth is,

1) Osama dat killes 1000's of people.. we as a muslims never see him as a hero.. but as a USA boys doing evils things and claim it is for Islam to make people hate Islam. This people, bring no good at all to muslim people. Osama has never learn deep about Islam.. he is just poor uneducated muslim that suddenly got weapons and military training by uncle Sam people! He is nothing but evil to us! (but I know, it is true or not is not important to you.. what important to people like you is the reason to make people hate Islam)
21:31 May 10, 2011 by calebian22
It is okay to be intolerant of an intolerant religion.
21:53 May 10, 2011 by Infart
@ jbat-

Islam does a pretty good job of making the West hate it without any help.
23:23 May 10, 2011 by Keith #5083
This I write not to defend/attack one religion against another - simply for a point of perspective. If you want horror stories, go to 'Bible Belt' America from 1900-1950. Or go to the 'church blessed' Apartheid govs in S.Africa.There's also plenty to look at in war scenarios!

The simple fact is that criminals will use any and all 'justifications' - including and more usually religious ones - to excuse their appalling crimes against human beings.

How can you hate someone so much as to kill them in the manner that the young man Abba Rezai died? This is depravity and has absolutely no relevance to any religion!

It would be good if the guilty are given extremely long jail sentences - to allow them time to meditate upon the simple word 'mercy'. At times I really struggle to remain opposed to the death penalty, as I am often tempted to consider it a 'kindness' to those whose value for human life is non-existent.
23:37 May 10, 2011 by KATHLEEN7546
I am very glad to see that Sweden is prosecuting these crimes. Thereligionofpeace site gives the 17,101 terrorist deadly attacks just since 9/11. This is such a problem. 48% of jailed rapists in Sweden are immigrants.

Many of the anti-Semetic attacks in Europe are due to the same immigrants. This needs publicity. Self defense is allowed and proper in this world and needs to be done. Islam is not compatible with any political system. Peace is defined as accepting Allah not as the west understands the term/concept. Also, look up the Takiyya concept. It is OK to deceive in the interest of Allah.
23:58 May 10, 2011 by omansour
and what does those who comment against Islam "really" know about Islam? and from where? I hope for an objective and honest answer without any arrogance (I say I hope).
05:59 May 11, 2011 by calebian22
Omansour,

Personal study, and observation of Muslims in Sweden and abroad. Anyone who pays attention knows that something is not compatible with Western freedoms within Islam.

One thing to consider is this, so many apologists lead with "most muslims are like that!" I will grant that this is probably true (personally I would choose the word, many not most) . However, looking at the Muslim world are the peace loving and freedom for all types the ones in charge in Muslim countries? No. Why would the West welcome Islam, when the peace lovers within it will always keep their mouths shut when the extremists take over. I say, no thank you.
06:31 May 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Does that mean that the Police have arrested Laura Ka Baal and her Son?
06:50 May 11, 2011 by expatjourno
Sweden needs to toughen up its sentencing of murderers, by the way.

The son in this story should also serve a long prison sentence for perjury.

But maybe the best thing is for the whole worthless family to be deported back to their hell-hole in Afghanistan. With luck, they can become collateral damage in a drone U.S. strike.

Why were they ever granted asylum in Sweden, anyway? Sweden is not the nearest "safe" country to Afghanistan.
07:29 May 11, 2011 by Hwiorae
SwediePie,

I'm arguing that crime, especially when committed as a result of religious fundamentalism, should be denounced, regardless of where it takes place. You shouldn't care any less if it happens outside your country.

Now, if your issue is how to deal w/ criminals IN Sweden, then talk about how the judicial system should handle them. It still has nothing to do w/ immigration, unless you consider every muslim immigrant a criminal; which, I guess you do.
08:23 May 11, 2011 by helveeta
IMO, ALL religious whack jobs should be shipped to Mars! So sick of their insane crap!
09:14 May 11, 2011 by Infart
SweediePie is right on the money.
09:51 May 11, 2011 by omansour
@ Calebian

I am not sure how objective your personal study is, but I take your words to imply some kind of objectivity since what you say is true to some extent. But when you many not more without a real, clear understanding of the Muslim world then I tend to disagree with you sharply. First of all, it is not only Islam that has differences with western values. Many religions have sharp differences with the values in western societies. Second, the Muslim world is suffering not because people "love" to be violent or because Islam tells people to be violent, it is because there is a systematic and constant attack again their countries by western powers that aspires to control their resources. Isn't that enough to consider the west an enemy? Interestingly, European for instance who know nothing about lets say how Palestinian are living under occupation, or how Iraqis living under the American occupation continue to enjoy assumption-based discussions about the Muslim world without realizing the oppression and struggle these people feel! No single mother in Europe understands how it feels to give birth at a checkpoint or how does it feel when you loose your family when trying to enjoy on the beach. The ignorance I see in Europe is irrational and western people are lazy because they can't simply stop their brutal governments from stealing the wealth of others. Double-standard policies against the Middle East and generally the Muslim word has caused Muslims much harm and now when we talk about criminal Muslims, we eventually talk about Islam. This irrational connection is ignorant simply because criminals exist everywhere. Referring to Sweden, there might be many instances where Muslims commit crimes, but what does that mean? Does it mean Islam tells them to do so? If you want to be objective and rational try to study Islam not Muslims. I

The bottom line here is that people need not be blinded by mainstream assumptions about a particular religious group. This continuos attack means continuos ignorance and lack of irrational thinking. Here in Sweden there are many bright Muslims (more than these criminals we read about here). There are of course many Muslims who commit crimes and hate others for whatever reasons. For these, I join the voices here, do not come to a place that is different from your own 'values', stay where you are. It would help Muslims to live without this fuzzy thinking we read everyday.
11:30 May 11, 2011 by technoviking
@ SwediePie

Amen.
12:57 May 11, 2011 by calebian22
Omansur,

I have read comparative analysis religious books and parts of the Koran as needed. I have to say I am not a fan of the religion at all.

The only thing one needs to do, is look at personal freedoms for minorities in muslim majority countries. That is all that is truly required to be extremely cautious about the spread of Islam in the West.

As the saying goes, "Past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior." In this case it is not even past, it is current. I wouldn't enjoy the freedoms and the possibilities that I enjoy here in the West in a single Muslim country in the world today. At the ground level, that is all anyone needs to know about Islam.
13:50 May 11, 2011 by helveeta
Bravo SwediePie!
21:53 May 11, 2011 by infidel2012
@ helveeta

"ALL (religious whack jobs•) should be shipped to Mars! So sick of their insane crap!"

correction...

ALL (Muslims*) should be shipped back to their desert wasteland in a cardboard box!

I don't like green eggs and ham & I don't like muslims : (

I do like bacon and american us soldiers : )
18:49 May 13, 2011 by zoroastrina
înfidel2012's mindset is abominable. His comments are brainless. He does not have the capacity for true agency in a neurophilosophical sense, being an atrocious example of heteronomous thought control.
05:00 May 15, 2011 by Joe333
I agree 100% w/ comments #3 and 4 - Technoviking and Fisherman; Plus I'll add this; I think these people belong in another world other than the West, they should not be here period. They do not and WILL not assimilate, learn our Western languages and adhere to our values and way of live. End of the discussion for me.
14:10 May 15, 2011 by motti
to # 17. Well done, I just hope that many of those who wish to make rational comments, look for temselves at this site. religionofpeace.com it is of course a parody. It has humour and statistical observation of world wide killings world wide by Moslems against other Moslems and everyone else.

You can also check out MEMRI another good site that shows what the arab/Moslem world really say. That is to their own and not just for western media.

What sick people they are
09:51 May 16, 2011 by wenddiver
Why use the phrase "Honor Killing" We all know it was another "Islamic Murder".
20:17 May 16, 2011 by motti
Why use their term suicide bomber, when they are homicidal bombers?
16:08 May 17, 2011 by zooeden
Afghanistan never the less, send those taliban people home would you!!!! If they want to or need some asylum then send them to a nice sunny beach!!! What about Hawaii????
12:17 May 18, 2011 by wenddiver
Look at the height of the woman to the police, she is a Muslim midget. Maybee she did it because Randy Newman's song "Short People" came on the Radio and it had nothing to do with Islam. Maybe it was midget anger.
15:46 May 20, 2011 by MarshaLynn
Again, this is liberal thinking run amok, both in Europe and the USA. If everyone tightened their borders and screened all who enter, this would not be happening. Muslims cannot live in western countries, because they bring with them their own set of laws and customs which are completely at odds with western laws and values. I realize there are perhaps more westernized Muslims who have rejected all that. But how do we know who is who?
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