Högsby killer loses deportation appeal

Sweden’s Supreme Court said on Wednesday it was not going to take up the case of the 18-year-old man convicted of killing 20-year-old Abbas Rezai in an alleged honour killing.

An appeals court confirmed the original sentence of four years in a secure youth detention unit, followed by deportation. The man wanted the country’s high court to rule against his eventual deportation to Afghanistan.

Rezai had a relationship with the 16-year old sister of the convicted man. The prosecution argued that this was why he was killed, calling it an honour killing, and said that other members of the family had participated in the murder.

During the attack, Rezai was scalded with hot oil, hit with a variety of objects and repeatedly stabbed in the back and chest. Most of the stab wounds were sustained after death. He was also almost entirely scalped and one of his fingers had been partially chopped off.

The 18-year-old, whose family is originally from Afghanistan, said that he alone was responsible for the killing, claiming that it followed an argument between him and Rezai that had spiraled out of control at the family’s apartment in Högsby, southern Sweden.

Rezai was found dead in the family’s apartment in November last year. The family had disappeared to relatives in Denmark, although they later turned back and handed themselves over to police.