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Sweden Loses Asylum Case at European Court

Published onsdag 9 november 2005 kl 12.07

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.

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