• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Malaysian mum won't appeal child abuse ruling

The Local · 29 Mar 2014, 10:34

Published: 29 Mar 2014 10:34 GMT+01:00

Shalwati Nurshal was given the sentence on Friday at the Solna district court in Stockholm. She, along with her husband Azizul Raheem Awalludin, were found guilty of "gross violation of integrity" of their children. Awalludin was given a ten-month sentence. 

Following the ruling the woman's defence lawyer, Kristofer Stahre, said an appeal was unlikely as her client reacted favourably to the verdict.

"The prosecutor had demanded for two and a half years imprisonment and this is less than half," Stahre told the TT news agency.

Nurshal could be out as early as September under the principles of conditional release after serving two thirds of her sentence.

"Of course we wished for a different outcome but the verdict is welfare motivated and the court of law have made a careful examination," Stahre added.

In Malaysia the Education Ministry are looking into Nurshal's legal options on her status as a teacher following the conviction.

"This is a new matter which we need to resolve because she has been convicted overseas and we will see what are the considerations. What is important is that it will not burden her," Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh told Malaysian newspaper the New Straits Times.

The defence lawyer for Azizul Raheem Awalludin said his client was "disappointed" with the verdict. He did not allude to a possible appeal.

"I have spoken to my client and he is of course very disappointed - he denied the charges," Jonas Tamm told AFP.

The pair had been found guilty for hitting their children, aged between seven to 14, with their hands as well as with a stick and a clothes hanger.

The case has generated substantial interest internationally due to the significant differences in corporal punishment legislation between Malaysia and Sweden.

In Malaysia smacking a child is not against the law and caning is still used in the classroom. By contrast, Sweden was the first country in the world to impose a ban on corporal punishment back in 1979.

"These cases are so extremely rare in Sweden today... this is much more severe than what we're used to," child abuse expert Staffan Janson told AFP.

He added; "They may not have known (about the ban) though they may have thought that they had some kind of immunity... and would not end up in a Swedish jail."

Story continues below…

Nurshal's sister Shaleena told Malaysian media that she was "sad" with the verdict after her sister was sentenced to 14-months in a Swedish prison.

"Although I am sad, it is God’s will and I accept the decision...Shalwati’s jail term may be further reduced if she shows good conduct while serving the sentence," she told the Malaysian newspaper The Star.

The couple were remanded last December and their sentence is enacted from the time of their arrest. Their four children have since returned back to Malaysia and were informed of their parents' imprisonment by family members.  

The Local/pr 

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Today's headlines
Watch out for rail delays this holiday weekend
Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Make sure you bring plenty of entertainment if you’re taking the train between Sweden’s two biggest cities this weekend.

Interview
Can these cartoon Swedes help foreigners blend in?
One of the cartoons in the new book. Copyright: Julien S. Bourrelle

Dating happens after sex and Swedes can struggle to show their emotions.

Interview
Why I bared my breasts for a school photo
Photo: Private

“I think it’s a social construct that we should think of breasts as such a big deal.”

Weary asylum seekers choose to leave Sweden
Police supervise a queue of asylum seekers at Hyllie station near Malmö in November 2015. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Year-long waits are one reason.

Disgraced celeb surgeon defends work in first interview
Paolo Macchiarini. Photo: Lorenzo Galassi/TT/AP

Scandal-hit Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini is accused of using Swedish patients as guinea pigs.

The Local List
Nine startling ways Sweden's capital will steal your heart
Living in Stockholm isn't all about Abba and meatballs. Photos: Hasse Holmberg/Anders Wikström/Christine Olsson/TT

It's easy to fall in love with Stockholm's architecture, parks and sense of style. But there are so many more reasons to be passionate about the stunning city.

Couple terrified after new tenant bakes hash cake
This gingerbread cake is perfectly innocent. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

He doesn’t Iive with them any more.

Fury as sacked boss gets job with migration agency
Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist in 2011. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

“People were screaming in the corridors.”

Sculptor Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd dies at 81
Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd's famous sculpture sits outside the UN in New York City. Photo: Tim Brakemeier/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

He made his iconic sculpture after the murder of his friend John Lennon.

Police resources back to normal after terror threat
The headquarters where Säpo, Sweden's security police is based. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish police say they're no longer deploying extra resources following a reported terror threat in the run-up to Eurovision.

Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: Stockholm's secret dating scene
International
Eurovision heads to the US (kind of)
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
Sweden set for sunny weekend
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vollsjö, Sjöbo
Blog updates

29 April

Editor’s blog, April 29th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Relations between Sweden and Russia went from slightly strained to full-on James Bond this…" READ »

 

18 April

A day as a guard (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Life as an Ambassador. Driven around in the Jaguar. Visits all planned so you go straight…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Kista: The best office space in Sweden?
Features
How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer
Sponsored Article
'Swedes must realize only soft power can defeat radicalism'
Gallery
People-watching: April 29th - May 1st
Analysis & Opinion
Why Sweden's fretting about Brexit
National
INTERVIEW: Swedish police officer 'beat me up and used racial slurs'
Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
Gallery
People-watching: April 27th
Sponsored Article
Becoming an expat: where to start
National
Öresund bridge border checks net record number of drink drivers
National
Swedes bid farewell to iconic Volvo
Sponsored Article
Why international researchers love to call Malmö home
Gallery
Property of the week: Enköping
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm startups help new employees feel at home
Gallery
People-watching: April 22nd-24th
Politics
Could Brits in Europe stop Brexit?
Sponsored Article
‘Life in Stockholm’s suburbs is better than people realize’
National
The first official picture of Sweden's new royal Prince Alexander
Sponsored Article
'I may work at a Swedish company, but we’re global'
National
Sweden's Sami reindeer still live in the shadow of Chernobyl
Sponsored Article
'A sustainable Sweden must embrace diversity'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 20th
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
National
Why was a Nazi flag hoisted in a Swedish town on Hitler's birthday?
Sponsored Article
Sigtunaskolan: 'The best of what Sweden has to offer'
National
How did Sweden's deputy PM get in trouble over New York comments?
Sponsored Article
'I may work at a Swedish company, but we’re global'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 16th-17th
Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: Stockholm's secret dating scene
Culture
Sweden finally axes historic dancing ban
International
Have you phoned Sweden yet?
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 13th
National
Is booze going up in Sweden?
3,304
jobs available
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:
psdmedia.se