Court confirms ‘honour killing’ sentence

A Swedish appeals court has confirmed the 18 year prison sentence served to a man in Katrineholm in eastern Sweden for the murder of his adoptive daughter in a so-called honour killing.

The Svea Court of Appeal confirmed the sentence passed to Subhi Othman by Nyköping district court in March.

62-year-old Othman had admitted to killing his daughter in November 2010.

Othman stabbed his daughter on the stairs of the family home in Katrineholm after which he gave himself up to the police.

In interviews he explained that he had killed her as he considered her lifestyle to be “indecent” and that he was faced with no other alternative in order to protect the family honour.

When police arrived on the scene, they found his daughter lying in the foetal position at the bottom of the stairs. She had been stabbed 53 times.

According to a report in the Aftonbladet daily, Othman began hating his daughter after her husband had filed for divorce. Behind the divorce petition was a rumour of infidelity.

The 21-year-old woman and her three-year-old daughter had moved from Gothenburg to Katrineholm, in central Sweden, to live with her parents following the divorce.

The district court found that the murder had been premeditated and especially brutal.

The man will be extradited from Sweden as soon as he has served his sentence.

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New trial in Landskrona honour killing case

A teenager convicted for killing his older sister has demanded to be freed and a new trial starts Tuesday.

In January, the 17-year-old boy was sentenced to eight years in prison for murdering his 19-year-old sister in Landskrona, south Sweden.

A district court judged that “honour motives” were behind the murder, but the boy, who was 16 at the time of the killing, is demanding to be freed.

The case will now be re-tried in the Malmö Court of Appeals.

The boy’s lawyer, Urban Jansson, has criticized his client’s long detention period, telling news agency TT that it does not befit Sweden as a country governed by the rule of law.

The 19-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment in Landskrona on April 23rd last year. She had multiple stab wounds to her body.

She had previously lived in a foster home and had recently celebrated her 19th birthday in the apartment.

She had returned to Sweden after fleeing a forced marriage in Iraq.

Representatives of the Malmö-based organization Tänk om, which works to stop honour-related crimes, told local media that the woman had been in touch with them for one year since returning to Sweden and that she slept with a knife under her pillow for fear of reprisals over her escape.

They claimed local authorities had ignored their warnings that the woman was under threat and needed protection.

Police arrested the woman’s 16-year-old brother after finding him outside the apartment, tabloid Aftonbladet reported at the time.

The trial starts Tuesday.

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