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HÖGSBY KILLING RETRIAL
Supreme Court declines honour killing case

Supreme Court declines honour killing case

Published: 08 Aug 2011 11:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 08 Aug 2011 11:56 GMT+02:00

The Göta Court of Appeal sentenced the parents of the previously convicted 23-year-old to ten years in prison, in the beginning of July.

After they have served their sentence they will be deported from Sweden for life.

The 23-year-old was convicted of accessory to murder and sentenced to one year and four months in a high security juvenile detention centre, which he has already served. He does not face deportation from Sweden.

The victim of Sweden's most recent "honour" killing, the 20-year-old Abbas Rezai was found dead in an apartment in Högsby in southern Sweden in November 2005.

Police revealed at the time that he had been 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.

Rezai was allegedly killed because of his relationship with the family’s 16-year-old daughter.

Her brother, who was 17 at the time, was convicted of the murder, whilst the parents, who were initially implicated, were acquitted, despite police claiming that it was almost impossible that the boy could have acted alone.

However, a few years after his conviction, the son changed his story, now pointing the finger of blame at his parents for the murder.

He said that he had been coerced into taking the blame for the crime by his parents.

The parents however continued to deny all the allegations saying that their son was behind the deed and that he only changed his story when afraid he would be deported to Afghanistan after his sentence was through.

However, the Court of Appeal believed the son and convicted his parents of the murder. After the decision by the Supreme Court not to re-open the case, that verdict will stand.

The Swedish Supreme Court will generally only reopen a case that may be important to rule on an issue of legal praxis.

In rare cases, an investigation may be reopened if there are special circumstances that deem it particularly necessary.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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16:22 August 8, 2011 by Addendum
Martin wrote, "The victim of Sweden's most recent 'honour' killing...was found dead...in November 2005."

There was an honour killing in Västmanland in May 2010. A young man violently choked, punched, beat, kicked, a young woman and repeatedly slammed her against a rock, etc. until she died.

As punishment, Sweden issued permanent residence permits to the murderer and his family and sentenced the murderer to three years juvenile detention.
17:45 August 8, 2011 by Playmaker
crazy. 3yrs
19:11 August 8, 2011 by eZee.se
Must be really bad if even the nutjobs have not come in to defend this one.
19:20 August 8, 2011 by Addendum
Russia Today (2009) reported that Swedish social workers estimate 300-400 girls in Sweden run away from home each year to escape honour related abuse, i.e. beatings, etc.
23:34 August 8, 2011 by KungsholmenGuy
If the parents were indeed responsible, their initial calculation was correct, namely that Sweden would hand their son a trivial sentence because he was 17 at the time, so that they and their 'honourable' son would be re-united after a short detention with no permanent criminal record.

Glad to learn that the son later chose to turn the tables on them and to convict his putrid parents, if in fact they did participate in, or carry out, this horrific torture and murder.

Anyway, even in Sweden a credible threat of physical violence or murder must be a crime, so it would be great if all potential victims felt sufficiently empowered to alert authorities and thereby obtain restraining orders, and/or assistance in concealing their identities and whereabouts when they move to a new city to start a new life.
10:49 August 10, 2011 by johan rebel
When the perpetrators are released after serving 2/3 or their sentence (half of which they will have spent outside of jail on parole), the authorities will no doubt declare their home country unsafe for repatriation, so they can happily spend the rest of their lives living on "bidrag", regularly going on vacation to their so-called "unsafe" country of origin.
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