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Syrian asylum seeker is jailed for life in Sweden after footage emerged of him taking part in the execution of seven men in 2012

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The criminal refugee Sakhanh, far left (circled in red)

And proggies wonder why many Americans want a refugee ban and stronger vetting processes. Go figure…

From Daily Mail: A Swedish court on Thursday sentenced a Syrian man to life imprisonment for participation in the 2012 mass execution of seven government troops in Syria.

The Stockholm District Court ruled that 46-year-old refugee Haisam Omar Sakhanh joined the armed group Suleiman Company in early May 2012, and shot a person dead with an assault rifle.

Judge Tomas Zander said the victim, who was not identified, was shot dead along with six others ‘under particularly cruel circumstances’. The seven men who were shot were part of the Syrian regime who had been captured by the independent Islamist group, which was founded in 2011.

The Islamist armed group captured the men during an attack at the beginning of May 2012, and the seven were shot to death less than two days later, according to Stockholms Tingsratt. In the years since the execution, it has been impossible to identify the victims.

Sakhanh had confessed to the shooting but said he should not be prosecuted because the death sentences had been made by a legitimate court, something the Swedish court rejected. It also rejected his defense that he had been following orders.

The group Sakanh was part of, the Suleiman Company, is a Islamic rebel group independent of Free Syrian Army that was formed in 2011 during the Syrian uprising. The group is mainly active in the Idleb countryside’s Jebel al-Zawiya region, and is led by former drug smuggler and Salafi militant Abu Suleiman al-Hamawi, according to TrackingTerrorism.org.

The court said Sakanh had been active in Italy in 2011 and 2012 where he protested against the Syrian government. 

Italian police helped investigators in Sweden to identify him via fingerprints and photos of him illegally entering the Syrian Embassy in Rome during a protest, according to the court ruling obtained by The Associated Press.

After his stint in Italy, Sakhanh returned to Syria before heading north to Sweden where he sought asylum in Sweden in 2013.  He failed to inform authorities about the executions and was given refugee status and permanent residence permit in early 2016.  He has been held in pre-trial custody since March.

In a statement, the court said Sakhanh’s crime ‘is so high that the punishment has been ruled to be life imprisonment’.  In Sweden, life imprisonment is normally ten years. The court said Sakhanh should then be expelled from the country and banned from returning.

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Immigrant teenagers walk free in Swedish ferry ‘rape’ case

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From The Local: A prosecutor has said that she will not appeal a controversial court ruling which cleared four young men of gang-raping a woman on a student party cruise in Scandinavia.

“We have gone through the court verdict very carefully and have decided not to appeal. We don’t think we would be successful in the appeals court,” prosecutor Kristin Morén told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Friday.

This means that the four 19-year-old men walk free after Stockholm District Court cleared them of all charges last month, ruling that there was little to suggest the woman had not had sex with the men voluntarily during the cruise between Stockholm and Finland in May.

The court cited video evidence and blood and urine samples taken hours after the event to argue that there was little evidence that the alleged victim had been drunk enough to be rendered “particularly vulnerable” or unable to “protect her sexual integrity”.

The case was one of the most controversial alleged rape trials in Sweden this year, with many hitting out at the court’s decision to free the teens.

Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a high-profile Swedish lawyer, commented on the verdict on her blog, wondering how it came “to the conclusion that a drunk young woman, alone in a cabin with four strange men, did not have cause to be afraid?”

“Our laws are there to protect the victims of crime, not to relinquish grown men of responsibility for their actions. Sweden and the Swedish legal system should be ashamed of this verdict,” she wrote.

But columnist Oisin Cantwell, who comments on court cases and legal issues for Sweden’s Aftonbladet tabloid, argued that the verdict was reasonable, writing: “The evidence was weak. A rechtsstaat [state of law] worthy of its name does not lock people up in prison on these grounds.”

The trial was one of a string of high-profile alleged sexual assault and harassment cases involving young immigrant men in Sweden this year, and had been seized upon by anti-immigrant and right-wing media.

The incident took place during an onboard party for 1,700 students described by organizer Fun Cruises as “a crazy action packed day at sea” on a “ship filled with students from all over the country”.

h/t Breitbart

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