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Murder victim’s mother denied Swedish visa

The mother of a young Afghan victim of a suspected honor killing in Sweden last year has been denied a visa to enter the country for his funeral for fear that she will seek permanent residence, a group representing the woman said on Friday.

“The mother has asked to come to Sweden to be at his funeral and to be present at the trial” of his suspected murderers, said Sara Mohammad, who founded the “Do Not Forget Fadima and Pela” organization in memory of two victims of honor killings in the country.

“That her request for a visa has been turned down is inhumane and shocking,” she told AFP, adding that “we are not going to let this lie. We will continue to fight for her.”

Abbas Rezai, a 20-year-old student, was found stabbed to death last November in the home of another Afghan family in southern Sweden.

He was reportedly secretly engaged to the 16-year-old daughter in the house, who the family wanted to marry a cousin living in Denmark.

“There is suspicion that he (Rezai) was killed because they felt he was not good enough for the daughter, and there is reason to believe that this is the case,” Ulf Karlsson, a spokesman for the Kalmar police in southeastern Sweden, told AFP.

He pointed out however that the 17-year-old son in the family, who has claimed responsibility for the crime, has said it was the result of an argument.

The mother, father and son remain in custody and could face charges next week, Karlsson said, adding that Rezai’s body was being held by police pending a decision on his burial.

The Swedish Migration Board on Friday confirmed that Rezai’s mother and three of her children, all currently living in Iran, had been denied entry visas.

“We consider that there is a risk that they will try to stay in Sweden,” Migration Board official Annette Grafen Silander told AFP, insisting that it was unclear if Rezai would be buried in Sweden and pointing out that the mother and her children had failed to show that they had means to leave the country once they had entered.

“Abbas’ mother is crying all the time, and they are pushing her for proof that she will leave … It’s embarrassing for Sweden,” Mohammad said.

AFP

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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