Sweden Loses Asylum Case at European Court
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against Sweden, halting the deportation of a family with two children to Syria.
The family father had been sentenced to death in absentia for a murder, which he denied. But the Swedish immigration authorities had ruled that he could have a new trial in Syria and that because the alleged murder was honor-related, there was no risk of a death penalty.
The European Court noted that the Swedish government had never received guarantees from Syria that there would be a retrial or that the death penalty would not be requested.
The Swedish authorities have welcomed the ruling, which they say would provide guidelines for similar cases in the future.