• Sweden edition
 

Two held for shooting imam in northern Sweden

Published: 16 May 2012 17:53 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 May 2012 17:53 GMT+02:00

The two men, both of whom are in their 30s, were arrested in Skåne in southern Sweden on Tuesday.

They are suspected of involvement in the February 22nd shooting of Obydkhon Sobitkhony Nazarov, who had served as an imam in Strömsund, where he has lived since coming to Sweden in 2006 as a political refugee from Uzbekistan.

According to prosecutor Krister Petersson, both suspects also hail from Uzbekistan.

One speaks English proficiently, as well as some Swedish, while the other speaks only Uzbek and Russian.

On Wednesday, they were transported from Skåne to Östersund in northern Sweden where investigators continue their efforts to figure out who was behind the shooting of Nazarov.

Nazarov is a known critic of the regime in Uzbekistan and came to Sweden along with scores of other political refugees after a 2005 crackdown by Uzbek government troops in Andijan in which hundreds of protesters were killed, although the exact number of casualties remains in dispute.

At the time of the incident, known as the Andijan massacre, the Uzbek government claimed the demonstrations were organized by Islamic radicals.

In the wake of the influx of Uzbek refugees, Strömsund, a town of just over 4,000 residents, has seen a rise in hate crimes ranging from racist graffiti to the burning down of a mosque in the city in 2008.

Prosecutors have filed a remand order for the two suspects, but the person who fired the shots that nearly killed Nazarov remains at large.

"Our understanding that there is another man who carried out the act but that he may no longer be in the country," Petersson told the TT news agency.

Investigators believe that Nazarov's political activities may have been the reason for why he was shot and opted to inform Swedish security service Säpo at an early stage of the investigation.

"It's clear that the imam was some sort of leader, a prominent person in Uzbekistan. The regime hasn't been too keen on him," said Petersson.

"If it's the case that someone wanted to get rid of him on a political level, that makes this a very sensitive issue."

A spokesperson from Amnesty in Sweden explained that many Uzbek exiles are under threat.

"There were previous speculations that the Uzbek security service may be behind it. If it turns out the Uzbek state is behind this it's important that it results in further action and not end with these two men," Amnesty's Elisabeth Löfgren told TT.

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Your comments about this article

18:35 May 16, 2012 by ctinej
Just last month, a drug dealer from eastern Europe, was shot dead at an outdoor cafe in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

In some respects, it may be a good thing that the druggies are eliminating themselves.

The Imman,....I dont know who he offended, but it goes to show that people from there, are bent on getting even.

I thought that Allah protected such people, and only helped them to kill Infidels.
18:58 May 16, 2012 by canuk
perhaps this was one of those religious people that believes its ok to beat your wife!
19:57 May 16, 2012 by Rishonim
I wish a speed and full recovery for the Imam and may Elohim brings comfort to his family.
20:41 May 16, 2012 by canuk
i wish #3 a lesson in english and grammer
00:22 May 17, 2012 by gh2008
grammar nazi strike again!
05:38 May 17, 2012 by bells on the knight
oh man. throw these ill willing people out. the residency for my wife was recently rejected by the migration board.

Guess what:

I'm at least 9 generation Swedish, my kids are Swedish and my wife EU national. She now has to leave Sweden every 3 months or she face charges for illegal immigration.

Totally screwed up system.
08:17 May 17, 2012 by Rishonim
@ Canuk, thanks for your wishes. Since english is only my 8th language, I see room for improvement.down the road.
10:18 May 17, 2012 by AHA
I hope that the imam is not like the ones on TV program Uppdrag granskning. And just like Rishonin, wish him a quick recovery, inshaallah.
11:21 May 17, 2012 by liban91
@citnej or watevea ur name is you don't nothing about Islam so shut ur mouth idiot.
11:49 May 17, 2012 by Migga
Hopefully the man is ok and I sure hope they find the perp.
12:43 May 17, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Interesting that the comments section is open for this article, which pertains to Russian/Uzbeki muslim violence against their own Imam, but that no comments are being allowed for the article

http://www.thelocal.se/40866/20120516/

which reveals that many leaders of the Swedish Islamic community in Stockholm are guilty of the hate crime of telling their own women that they effectively deserve to be beaten.

They should not only be suspended but arrested for their hate crime, and their mosques converted to shelters for muslim women and children, with no admission allowed to any man.

Religion is not above the law. The Catholic churches in Boston had to pay millions in reparations for their crimes, so no reason why these imams should go unpunished.
17:21 May 17, 2012 by isenhand
@bells on the knight

residency for my wife was recently rejected by the migration board. - I don't think that's right! According to Migrationsverket :

http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/3419_en.html

Husband/wife, registered partner or co-habitee

You are entitled to receive a residence permit if you are married, have entered into a registered partnership with, or are co-habiting with someone living in Sweden.

See the Swedish here:

http://www.migrationsverket.se/info/3981.html

You didn't do something silly like apply on the wrong form or they think u r not Swedish?
22:17 May 17, 2012 by omash kavash
guess what guys u keep on talkin bad about islam and the thing is u guys here are scared islam is the solution to humanity and no imam said is good to beat ur wife i guess u guys wait for things like this n try to expose islam ur swedes are taking nislam and this is just a scare tactic but guess what god guides whom he wants and 80 percent are swedish girls n wemen so to all the teachers here who are to teach language thanx alot but remeber life is short u can die anytime any day no one has a life guarantee and after death there is life and ull answer what u talk about for theres two angels recording on ur shoulders on what u said so watch out islam is solution to humanity hate it or love it take it or leave it
00:01 May 18, 2012 by saab
Omash Kavash speaks Mish Mash but makes a point

Islam = Official Religion of Sweden
10:00 May 18, 2012 by Uncle
@canuk

"i wish #3 a lesson in english and grammer"

Brilliant. Not only did I love the correct "grammEr" in this sentence, also the lack capital "I", as well as capital "E" in "English" that are clearly pointing in direction towards English class for first graders. In addition, "wishing a lesson" is logically incorrect. One could wish that one HAD a lesson. Alternatively, one could wish FOR a noun to do an action. "FOR a weather to come, FOR a lesson to start, FOR idiots to bury themselves deep underground" etc.

Omash Kavash

"so watch out islam is solution to humanity hate it or love it take it or leave it"

THAT is exactly the point. We ARE watching it. We are very careful with it and extremely attentive to this "last solution" to humanity. Nazis also offered an interesting solution to the world in their time. We are also watching meteors that can offer alternative solution to humanity.

As for me, I prefer to "leave it" as you propose. Leave it in the bucket of feces countries that islam helped to form.
10:08 May 18, 2012 by omash kavash
yes saab or subway i dont know how to say ur name so swedish saab u sayin this to show how u dont like islam but remember who ever god guides is guided
11:50 May 18, 2012 by Uncle
Yep, God guides Somalia. He guides Sudan. He guides Yemen and Iraq. God guides many quality countries that Sweden shall take an example of.

As for not knowing how to say "saab" in SWEDEN... excellent example of muslim education... Also a bright light to follow.
14:14 May 18, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ omash kavash brainwash post #13

'no imam said is good to beat ur wife'

Imams at 6 out of 10 mosques that were investigated in Sweden told women that they should not report abuse they receive from their husbands.

I am not afraid of Islam, but I am disgusted by Islamic community leaders who support the physical abuse of women.

And I am not pretending that only Islam has bad religious leaders. In my post I also pointed out criminal activity by another religion.

Rather than trying to pretend that that promotion of victimization of women and girls is not happening within the Islamic community, or that it is not a hate crime, you and other members of the Islamic community should be active in trying to imprison or deport these vommit bags for their crime.

Catholics who did not object to criminal sexual activity on the part of some priests are idiots, and are not true Catholics.

Likewise if you do not add your voice to help clean up this mess of rotten Imams, then this means you either indirectly or directly support the abuse and beating of women, and this means that you are a complete failure as a human being.
20:36 May 18, 2012 by TheWatchman
@Reason abd Realism

The reason why the other article was not allowed is because they don't want to offend the new occupiers of Sweden.

@omash kavash

It's ironic that you think Allah is actually guiding you people because Arab countries are some of the poorest in the world, and they have much lower IQ's than the citizens of Western and East Asian countries. I think Allah as you call him actually guides your greatest enemies, the infidels such as America, Canada Israel and Denmark.
23:07 May 18, 2012 by omash kavash
hahaha my freidns number 1 reason abd if u give me any verse in the quran or the hadith that promotes the abuse of wife al follow you to your religion my friend to watchman what u talkin about where does the oil diamond gold that u see in the tv n use to build ur economy comes from ur european and western criminal regimes kill innocent for that they go in,libya somalia yemen congo n list goes on n on n on so stop opening that wide useless mouth what do u do with ur higher iq n u dont even know god if ur smart u wud know who created u lame handiicaped
13:29 May 19, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
ha ha ha omash kavash i never talk bout quran i talk about rotten imams rotten like dogs ass they leaders of islam in sweden and they say okay to abuse of women and make bad image of islam in west and you big part of problem not because you imam because you support them blind and stupid so you also dogs ass why you talk about two angels watch everything you do and tell god in heaven why not you make world better place today and get rid of dogs ass imams yourself after that people respect islam
Today's headlines
National
King Carl XVI Gustaf opens parliament
King Carl XVI Gustaf arriving on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: TT

King Carl XVI Gustaf opens parliament

BREAKING: Sweden's post-election parliament is meeting for the first time following a fanfare opening from King Carl XVI Gustaf. READ  

Opinion
Should Sweden's school age be raised?
A high school in Stockholm. Photo: TT

Should Sweden's school age be raised?

After the new coalition announced plans to extend Sweden's compulsory schooling until the age of 18, The Local asked two Swedes at high school if they agreed with the idea. READ  

International
Sweden slammed for ecological footprint
Sweden should increase its renewable energy according to WWF. Photo:TT

Sweden slammed for ecological footprint

Sweden is among the world's top ten polluters according to one of the largest scientific studies looking at the impact of humans on earth, produced by the WWF. READ  

Society
Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake
Ing-Marie Olofsson whose necklace was found. Photo: Private

Swede's necklace found after 52 years in lake

A 66-year-old Swedish woman got the surprise of her life when a fisherman returned the necklace she dropped in a lake at the age of 14. READ  

International
Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos
Malin Sahlén during a Top Model shoot. Photo: TV3/Nina Holma

Apology for Swedish model's stolen photos

A British newspaper has apologised after a freelance journalist stole a Sweden's Next Top Model contestant's photo and created a fake Twitter account used to trick a UK minister. READ  

Brand stories
Johanna N: beautiful jewellery with a story

Johanna N: beautiful jewellery with a story

Aged just 27 and already living off of her own designs, some may consider Johanna Nilsson lucky. But she doesn't believe in luck. She's the founder of a jewellery line blending sustainability, subtle style, and Scandinavian simplicity - and it's taking the world by storm. READ  

Sport
Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash
Photo: AP

Heel injury sidelines Zlatan in Barcelona clash

Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Tuesday's Champions League clash with Barcelona at the Parc des Princes due to a nagging heel problem, the French club have confirmed. READ  

National
Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears
The Infection Clinic at the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge. Photo: TT

Stockholm patient tests negative after Ebola fears

A patient in a Stockholm hospital who was suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus was given the all clear on Tuesday morning. READ  

Elections 2014
New coalition agrees on defence and migration
A Jas Gripen. Photo: TT

New coalition agrees on defence and migration

UPDATED: The Green Party has committed itself to expanding Sweden's defence force, while the Social Democrats have compromised on work permits for migrants. READ  

National
Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden
The patient is being treated at the Karolinska University Hospital. Photo: TT

Fresh Ebola case investigated in Sweden

Doctors in Stockholm are checking a patient suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Botkyrka
Education
New government to make school compulsory to 18
Politics
Sweden Democrat wins Deputy Speaker spot
National
Swedish scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
Lifestyle
The five best Swedish songs of the month
Blog updates

28 September

Spoiled Doyle (Blogweiser) »

"What you gotta watch out for in Sweden is the good stuff. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re_EzUe6xpI In Sweden, it’s the good things you have to watch out for. Video on @TheLocalSweden http://t.co/rAb8eGFdTD pic.twitter.com/w37YYwMXy1 — Joel Sherwood (@joeldsherwood) September 29, 2014 " READ »

 

26 September

 (The Local Sweden) »

"Hi readers, Autumn swept into Sweden at the start of this week with snow in the north of the country and flooding in the south. As well as a change in the weather, Sweden’s change in political direction became clearer, with Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven formally announcing his party would work with the Greens as..." READ »

 
 
 
Gallery
People-watching: September 28th
National
When Italian style meets Swedish simplicity
Lifestyle
Review: Sweden's first alcohol-free nightclub
Gallery
In Pictures: The MS Estonia disaster
Lifestyle
Ten things expat women notice in Sweden
Politics
What's next on Sweden's political stage?
Gallery
Sweden's 2014 election: Most memorable moments
Society
What's on in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching: September 24th
Seaman Oliver Gee with his first lobster
Lifestyle
How to catch the first lobster of the year
Gallery
In Pictures: Fredrik Reinfeldt through the years.
Society
Plucked out of Canada for love and guitars
Politics
How Sweden Democrats went mainstream
Politics
Scandinavia and Scotland: closer links?
Sponsored Article
How to start a business in Stockholm
Society
Why is Stockholm's Södermalm so cool?
Politics
Sweden elections: Who's who?
Sponsored Article
Introducing… Insurance in Stockholm
Gallery
Princess Estelle through the years
Business & Money
Five golden rules for the Swedish job hunt
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

877
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN