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Parents remanded in murder case

Published tisdag 10 maj 2011 kl 17.52
At the Supreme Court today

A middle-aged couple from Afghanistan were ordered by the Supreme Court to be remanded into custody on Tuesday on suspicion of being heavily involved in the murder of their 16-year-old daughter's boyfriend in Högsby in southern Sweden in 2005.

The couple's son, had taken sole responsibility for the so called "honour killing" of 20-year-old Abba Rezai at an earlier trial, where his parents also stood accused.  

The remand of the parents comes as no surprise after the Supreme Court ordered a re-trial for their son, who was convicted for the gruesome murder in 2005 where Abba Rezai was repeatedly stabbed , beaten with a baseball bat and burnt with hot oil. 

At the earlier trial, the parents had been freed when their son who had been 18-years-of age at the time, admitted to sole responsibility for the killing and because of his age, was sentenced to only four years in a youth detention centre. Now 23-years-of age, the son is currently fighting a deportation order back to Afghanistan.

The police and prosecutor involved have always believed that the son could not have acted alone.

"I hope justice will be done now. All of us interrogators thought that the son was not telling the whole story, and that the whole family was involved. I am not surprised over the retrial," said Ulf Venderot to TT, one of three investigators involved in the original case.

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