Sweden: Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

Sweden: Court remands parents for 'honour' killing

Via the Local:
The Swedish Supreme LinkCourt has ruled to remand the parents of man convicted of a so-called "honour" killing in Högsby, southern Sweden in 2005, the first time it has issued a remand ruling since the 1980s.

The court's five justices ruled to proceed behind closed doors, shortly after commencing the hearing against the couple who are suspected of having murdered 20-year-old Abba Rezai in 2005.

The case has been described by lower courts as an "honour" killing as Rezai was in a relationship with the couple's 16-year-old daughter at the time.

The Supreme Court rarely holds remand hearings, with the last occasion being back in the 1980s. Furthermore it is unusual for the court to order a retrial in a case which implicates another person.

The Supreme Court has ruled to allow a retrial in the case of the couple's son, who was 18-years-old at the time and who remains the only person convicted in connection to the case.

The man, who is now 23-years-old has completed his four sentence in youth detention and is in the process of appealing a deportation order to Afghanistan.

His parents were meanwhile acquitted despite both the district court and the appeal court ruling that their son could not have committed the crime alone.