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Five life sentences for honour-related murder

Published fredag 14 juli 2017 kl 11.31
The murdered man was found dead on this path in the forest.
he murdered man was found dead on this path in the forest. Credit: Mats Andersson/TT

Five people have been sentenced to life in prison and one to 14 years, after a man was kidnapped in Gävle and later found murdered in Sundsvall earlier this year.

The victim was a 23-year-old man, who had entered into a relationship with a married woman, though she had separated from her husband prior.

The district court said that the motive behind the murder was that relatives had found out about the relationship from photos on social media and believed it brought shame on the family.

The victim was originally from Afghanistan and the woman from Iraq. Her ex-husband’s family are Kurds from Iraq. 

In April, witnesses reported seeing "a gang of people with hoods" force a screaming man into a car in central Gävle. The court found that the victim had been beaten and strangled.

Two other people who were charged with helping with the crime were acquitted.

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