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Parents guilty of Högsby 'honour' killing: court

TT/Rebecca Martin · 5 Jul 2011, 11:26

Published: 05 Jul 2011 11:26 GMT+02:00

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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.

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

Her brother, 17 at the time, was convicted, whilst the girl's 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.

The parents denied all charges saying that their son was behind the deed and that he has only changed his story, as he is afraid he will be deported to Afghanistan after his sentence is through.

But the sister and another relative in Denmark, who also claimed that the son of the family had wrongly convicted as the sole perpetrator, supported the now 23-year-old son’s claim.

The Court of Appeal followed their line and convicted both he mother and the father of murder. They will be deported from Sweden.

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The 23-year-old was convicted of accessory to murder and will serve one year and four months in a high security juvenile detention centre.

He will not be deported from Sweden.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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12:38 July 5, 2011 by Gletta
Ten years / this country is mad and asking for more problems like this
12:39 July 5, 2011 by RobinHood
"They will be deported from Sweden."

They will be sadly missed.
14:06 July 5, 2011 by unseen

you mean bad humans, following nothing but their own sick nature.

ten years is a joke..live time is just to show them that WE, humans, don't kill even a killer!
14:54 July 5, 2011 by here for the summer
@robin .. I hope you are you being sarcastic.
15:55 July 5, 2011 by Keith #5083
The parents are guilty? Wow! What a surprise......!?!?!?****
16:11 July 5, 2011 by karex
Since when is a 23-year-old considered a "juvenile"? Does anyone know how it works here in Sweden?
16:35 July 5, 2011 by Grindsprint
@Gletta, Since they are being deported after their prison term, why should we keep them longer than 10 years?
17:26 July 5, 2011 by Gletta
Well they will be free after ten years after committing such a crime just not in Sweden
18:23 July 5, 2011 by Gletta
Doubtless Tony I expect their human right will be violated in deporting them to a country to which they are no longer assimilated so should stay in Sweden, particulalry to care for their son whose rights to have parents close by due to his traumatic treatment will be violated if they are deported
19:52 July 5, 2011 by countrysidedrive
Wow. Plan in advance to kill someone. Torture them. Scalp them. Cut off fingers. Put the murder on your only son. 10 years in not enough. These people are evil.
20:24 July 5, 2011 by canuk
why is the local deleting my messages? They dont even bother to put DELETED FOR NOT FOLLOWING BLAH BLAH anymore..
20:55 July 5, 2011 by Gletta
I was actually agreeing with you Tony
22:17 July 5, 2011 by IranianBoy

though i don think deporting to Afghanistan is humanitarian. for those who believe opposing the deportation is absorb: see what 6 years prison have done to the son. you should believe the parents won't be the same persons after doing the 10 years term. the goal of prison and punishment is to reform the individual and the society. if these murderers will believe what they did was wrong after prison, if they come out and apologize to the family of Rezai instead of denying it, the punishment has reached its goal though Rezai will never resurrect.

imagine a TV program or an interview with these criminals after or during the imprisonment in which they express their sorrow and count the reasons why they were wrong.... i'm sure it will have far more effect on immigrants who believe in such "honours"

Of course if these killers are examined to believe in the same beliefs, they should be kept in prison, not even be deported to Afghanistan
22:56 July 5, 2011 by Keith #5083

You make some very interesting points. I would only question the validity of them in light of the amount of knife wounds and mutilation the victim suffered.It is more indicative to me of deranged minds and it is difficult to comprehend that such atrocity can lead to sincere remorse.

It is extremely sad to think that this young man, Abbas Rezai, had to be the suffering means by which these despicable people must learn what 'civilisation' means.

My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Abbas Rezai whose torment must have now been tripled by yet another trial.
23:16 July 5, 2011 by el dorado
Deportation, absolutely.
00:52 July 6, 2011 by GLO
10 years for a brutal murder. Thats Justice????? No
08:06 July 6, 2011 by Grindsprint
Who ever suggested it would ressurect the dead??
09:13 July 6, 2011 by useronthenet
Sweden must take a tougher stance on serious crime and should adopt more appropriate prison sentences that fit the crime otherwise criminals will be sent the wrong message. 10 years for taking somebody's life is small change to the families that have to live with the loss of their loved ones for the rest of their lives. Crime in Sweden is getting worse, and we must ensure that the basic values between right and wrong should be upheld otherwise sadly, we will only see a repetition of these type of crimes in the future.
10:32 July 6, 2011 by Keith #5083

I would respectfully suggest that 'punishment politics' is simply locking the barn door after the horse has run away.

It is unimaginable to me that these perpetrators - or any other serious crime perps - stop to consider "is it 10 years, 12 years, 18.33712 years if I am caught?"

But, hey, lets have privatised prisons and sentences like they have in USA - it's a growth industry and good business!!!!!

Unless and until mutual respect and honesty become societal norms in every age group, politics, media, religion - we are unlikely to witness any substantial change in criminality.
18:52 July 6, 2011 by mkvgtired
Keith, "I would respectfully suggest that 'punishment politics' is simply locking the barn door after the horse has run away."

Are you suggesting no one should be punished for the crimes they commit?
11:02 July 7, 2011 by Keith #5083

My comment to which you refer was simply in response to the suggestion that stiffer sentences are a deterrent.

I do not believe I suggested or implied that there should be no punishment.

However, it seems very clear that western governments are trying to balance the cost of prisons against the perceived role of punishment.In this case a 10 year sentence and deportation has been decided as being in the best interests of Swedish society.

Useronthenet seems to imply that a 50 year sentence (or whatever) in Sweden is in the best interests of Swedish society.

My apologies if the manner of my syntax evoked the thought in you that I was against any punishment.
21:13 July 7, 2011 by ajs42548
Long prison sentences are not just to punish the perpetrators, but to serve as a deterrent for future crimes. Anyone thinking about murdering someone might think twice if they knew that they would spend the next 50 years of their life locked up (after seeing others going away for 50 years).
10:51 July 8, 2011 by Keith #5083

The logic of "deterrent punishments" is faultless, the reality is a fiasco.The death penalty arguably never served to deter murderers any more than 50 year sentences would. I know of no supportive factual evidence that suggests,indicates or implies that

'deterrent punishments' have any proven effect.

Clearly anyone 'thinking about murdering someone' has already departed from a logical platform and are on an emotionally deranged or psychotic journey.
16:20 July 8, 2011 by bcterry
If this was my son these animals brutally tortured and murdered, they would rue the day they were released.
19:36 July 9, 2011 by bcterry
22:17 July 5, 2011 by IranianBoy

"the goal of prison and punishment is to reform the individual and the society. if these murderers will believe what they did was wrong after prison, if they come out and apologize to the family of Rezai instead of denying it, the punishment has reached its goal though Rezai will never resurrect."


Anything short of never seeing the light of freedom again, is FAR too easy for these sadistic, inhumane animals.

I'm assuming your a muslim, where they call for the stoning to death of women for being simply accused of infidelity, and you feel an "apology to the family after their released" would be sufficient?

Spare me.
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