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Sister retracts 'honour killing' allegations

The Local/rm · 10 Jan 2012, 15:04

Published: 10 Jan 2012 15:04 GMT+01:00

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“Families often put a lot of pressures on these girls. They promise the world to them. Let's just hope it is true this time,” said prosecutor Helena Treiberg Claesson to local paper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

According to Treiberg Claesson, it is not uncommon that girls withdraw allegations against family members in cases such as this, but she stressed that it isn't possible for them to drop the charges.

The 24-year-old man allegedly threatened to kill his sister, standing outside her door, while carrying a knife strapped to his body, in mid-December.

This was the climax of an extended period of threatening behaviour whereby the man had said over the phone that he was going to “do an honour-killing” of his sister, according to the woman's previous statements.

The man was subsequently arrested and have been held by police for threatening behaviour and breaching Swedish weapons laws, since mid-December, according to the paper.

However, when the woman faced the court on Monday, she told a different story and said she wanted to withdraw her allegations against her brother.

The prosecutor's other witness, a friend of the 21-year-old woman who was also in the flat when the man threatened to kill his sister, was also unavailable on the day of the trial, as she is currently not in the country.

The man was therefore released.

He is still under suspicion of the crime, but the court found it unreasonable to detain him any further as he has already spent several weeks in custody and there is no knowing when the trial can resume.

Treiberg Claesson said that she believed she had a strong case against the 24-year-old.

Apart from the statement from the friend, the man also sent a number of threatening text messages to his sister.

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Treiberg Claesson is going to argue for a prison sentence for the man. To threaten someone is a serious offence, she said, and the penalty is generally a few months in jail.

“Someone who is being threatened can't tell for sure if the person uttering the threats is going to act on it or not. When it comes to honour killings we know that there is a real risk that the threats will be acted upon. Many women have been killed. Let's just hope it doesn’t happen to this girl,” Treiberg Claesson said to GP.

A new trial date will be set for the future, most likely for some time in the spring.

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Your comments about this article

16:29 January 10, 2012 by Svensksmith
Gosh, I wonder why she recanted...
17:28 January 10, 2012 by J Jack
She recanted because the Swedish legal system cannot ensure her protection ... Even if there were a witness security plan, the police or security agents would be sure to fk it up.
17:41 January 10, 2012 by KungsholmenGuy
A conviction of her brother would provide her with 2 months of safety and then a good chance that she will die a violent death.

Better for her if she has the resources to arm herself and kill him first, in self defense, which should carry a minimal sentence, and maybe no jail time for her at all, given the circumstances here.

She is clearly not a homicidal maniac, and has a right to live without mortal terror of a violent death at any time.
19:06 January 10, 2012 by Svensksmith
"She is clearly not a homicidal maniac, and has a right to live without mortal terror of a violent death at any time."

Not under Sharia law.
22:08 January 10, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ Svensksmith

Right you are, she has already earned a lifelong death sentence for having had a cup of tea with the wrong guy, or having taken a bath without her bur'ka on, or whatever it is that earns a woman a death sentence according to strict Sharia Law these days, so in that sense she can never again live without mortal terror.

So her options are a) vanish to some small town, b) do a) after first disposing of the highly motivated assassin who best knows her social contacts and potential hiding places, namely, her brother, or c) embrace her martyrdom.

Swedish Immigration has a responsibility to prevent the entry of men who can be identified (under psychological screening, if that is possible) to be likely to issue death threats or carry them out for 'disobedience', or any other trivialities committed by their children or relatives.

This screening should be applied to all people, namely all religions, races, colours, and creeds, so that there is no institutionalized religious profiling.

In cases where immigration strongly suspects that the men in a family are fully willing to murder their daughters or sisters for nothing, then Swedish immigration should provide to the women, daughters, and young sons the option to proceed into Sweden, for their own protection and in recognition of their human rights, but permanently refuse entry to the men.
02:27 January 11, 2012 by Chickybee
Sharia law and female inequality are not wanted in Sweden not now - not ever.

Make this clear.
09:35 January 11, 2012 by DAVID T
I wonder why he threatened her
10:45 January 11, 2012 by blik

"Sharia law and female inequality are not wanted in Sweden not now - not ever."

Thats a matter of opionion isnt it?

And in a democracy the opinion of the majority count right?

When Swedens demographics are on the side of Sharia law (which could be sooner than you think) your comment could be punishable by death.
13:05 January 11, 2012 by zooeden
Well, sorry girl, but you are gonna get kill cause of the impotence of the legal system!!! Make my day!!!
13:13 January 11, 2012 by Achilles7
Blik, what a ridiculous comment to make. You cannot have more than one law in one country - it leads to a complete societal breakdown. Sweden is not an Islamic country with Sharia law, and hopefully never will be. Anyone who threatens somebody with death should be dealt with most severely. There is no place for barbaric customs like this in Sweden.
14:13 January 11, 2012 by farnoxo
In the interests of accuracy - honour killing is NOT a religious custom, but a cultural one. The link to sharia law in the mind of an (often ignorant) public is due to the fact that many of the cultures that practice hopnour killing also practice (and probably, lamely, try to justify it using) sharia law. Honour killing is also practised in many other non isalmic cultures, the common link in fact being the fact that these cultures are extremely patriachal in nature.

Given this fact, it make honour killing even more base and morally repugnant in today's society - cultural relativism be damned! Anyone who still thinks that there is even a shred of justification for it is clearly either incredibly "backward" or incredibly stupid or madder than a box full of frogs.
16:50 January 11, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
Why can't Sweden take a leadership role among western nations are be the first (as far as I am aware) to deport people who threaten to make honour killings, when there is clear (combinations of email, text, recorded phone calls, eye witness, concealed weapon etc..) evidence?

And a few months of jail time for a credible death threat is a colossal joke, regardless of whether the threat is in conjunction with a planned honour killing or any other reason to kill someone.
09:06 January 12, 2012 by blik

" Sweden is not an Islamic country with Sharia law, and hopefully never will be."

22:27 January 12, 2012 by Rey Stockholm
Please show me something good about islam, it is incompatible with western values
13:05 January 13, 2012 by Achilles7
Re. post #14 - Well said; most people are very aware of this deep down but we carry on blindly nevertheless.
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