People demonstrated by the grave of the murdered woman on the 10 year anniversary.Photo: Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix
Fadime Sahindal

Honor killing victim's father wants to be released

Ten years ago he killed his daughter because she chose the wrong boyfriend. Now the 66-year-old father of Fadime Sahindal wants his sentence shortened from life in prison to a set number of years.

Fadime Sahindal came to Sweden from Turkish Kurdistan as a child. Before her murder she had addressed the Parliament about her situation - of being threatened and abused because she refused to allow her family to run her life. Her murder sparked a debate in Sweden about immigration integration and put the problem of honor killings in the front and center.

Now the tabloid Aftonbaldet is reporting that her father wants to be released so that he can return to Turkey. Fadime Sahindal's former judicial ombudsman, Leif Ericksson, is critical. "To give him a shorter sentence would send the wrong signal," he said. "It also goes against precedent to already now decide on a time limit."

The Prison and Probation Service will investigate whether or not the man is still dangerous. The Örebro district court would ultimately make the final decision on the father's sentence.

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