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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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Sweden’s leading shopping mall is deemed a no-go zone, with police blaming gangs of migrants

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Aint’ multi-culturalism grand?

From Daily Mail: Sweden’s leading shopping mall has been deemed a no-go zone amid a spike in violence police say has been caused by unaccompanied migrants.  Police are on high alert patrolling the Nordstan mall in Gothenburg after a spate of incidents involving staff and shoppers being threatened by gangs. In some cases, the number of youngsters outnumber the police and the rise in the sinister behaviour has seen the sales take a hit.

Many shoppers are now afraid to even visit the complex, according to RT, and even officers are being threatened by the gangs.  ‘We have seen an increase since last autumn, with mostly unaccompanied minors who are staying here in Nordstan,’ one of the police managers, Jonas Bergqvist, told Expressen. ‘In the evening they deal drugs and violence between fractions sometimes occurs. If there are conflicts from their home countries, they bring them here.’

The trouble appears to start at around 8pm – the time shops shut for the day – when groups of up to 150 teens descend upon the mall.   Police say the rise coincides with the increased number of unaccompanied migrants entering the country. A number of those involved are said to be youths from Syria, Afghanistan and Morocco, according to RT.

Among the alarming incidents include a youngster and a shopkeeper who were robbed with a broken class held to their throats. 

Added to the chaos is the fact that police are finding it increasingly difficult to charge the offenders due to the lack of identification, meaning the teenagers are merely handed over to social services.

Officer Rikard Sorensen told RT: ‘I’ve had people in front of me that look like they are 35, but who claim to be 15. I can’t prove they’re lying so we have to release them,’ Rikard Sorensen, another officer.’

The troubles have seen the mall labeled a no-go zone, according to Expressen.   An area is listed as such if there have been dangerous cases of muggings, robberies, harassment, and sexual assault.

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Sweden on the brink? Police force pushed to breaking point by violence amid migrant influx

Ain’t multiculturalism grand?

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From Daily Express: The Scandinavian country is facing an existential crisis with on average three police officers handing in their resignations a day. If the alarming trend continues, and police officers continue to resign more than 1,000 officers will have quit the service by New Years.

Since the migrant crisis began last summer, Sweden has been hit by a series of brutal crimes and violent incidents. In 2015 alone Sweden, with a population of 9.5million, received over 160,000 asylum applications and the country is expected to take as many as 190,000 refugees, or two per cent of the population, by the end of 2016.

Since the Second World War Sweden has prided itself on helping migrants who cross their borders despite some moves to the political right in recent years.

But police have now admitted the force has reached breaching point as more than 50 areas in the country have now been placed on a “no-go zone” list.

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In February a report from Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service announced there were 52 areas where officers would not cope with the levels of crime being committedSex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons were just some of the incidents mentioned in the report.  In September, Swedish officials were forced to add another three areas to the list. 

Now the Police Association have said they need at least 200 new officers to regain control in the south-east of the country. 

Thomas Stjernfeldt, from the region’s police association, told SVT: “We are missing extremely many officers in the operational sector, right now we need 200 more officers to be added to the force to establish a reasonable working environment in the southeast of Götaland.” Götaland is one of the regions in the country that has been hit hard by the car fire attacks, which have been occurring throughout Sweden.

On Monday, Express.co.uk reported a number of the arsonist attacks in the city of Växjö, in Götaland, had been committed by frustrated migrantsCurrently there are more than 6,000 suspected crimes that are unsolved in the area and 400 of these cases are suspected to be rapes, murder or attempted murder. 

Mr. Stjernfeldt said the figures are alarming and police officers are constantly forced to work overtime in an attempt to solve the reported crimes.

The Police Association admitted it fears the public will lose faith in the force and their ability to protect citizens if the situation is not resolved. 

The union’s call for more resources echoes National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson’s February warning, where he said he needed a further 4,100 officers and specialist staff to reestablish law and order in Sweden.

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Islamic State flag free to fly on Facebook in Sweden, prosecutor rules

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From Fox News: A Swedish prosecutor may have set a dangerous precedent last week in regards to the Islamic State flag.

Prosecutor Gisela Sjovall announced last week that a 23-year-old man wouldn’t be charged after posting the flag to his Facebook page in June, according to The Local. Authorities in Laholm had investigated the man, who came to Sweden from Syria, on suspicion of committing “hate speech.”

In comparison to the Nazi symbol which has come to be a symbol for prejudice against Jewish people, the same couldn’t be said for the Islamic State flag, Sjovall added. “Up until now, we haven’t come to that point,” she told the Hallandsposten, a local newspaper. “That could change in ten years.”

The Local noted that under Sweden’s hate speech laws, for an image to be considered “hate speech,” it needs to threaten or disparage a group of people in connections to their race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation.

No disparagement here...

No disparagement here…

“If there had been anything in the text (posted alongside the flag) with more specific formulations about certain groups, for example homosexuals, the ruling could have been different,” Sjovall said.  “For me, there are no doubts about the decision not to prosecute.”

Sjovall said the man told authorities in June that he does not support ISIS. The man’s lawyer said that what he posted wasn’t an ISIS flag, but a symbol of what had been used within Islam for hundreds of years before ISIS misconstrued its meaning.

The flag had already been banned in the Netherlands and Germany. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron had also said that anyone displaying the ISIS flag should be arrested, but there wasn’t a law barring people from displaying it.

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Wheelchair-bound woman raped by refugees at Sweden asylum center

Paging George and Amal Clooney.

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From Fox News: A wheelchair-bound woman was gang raped by six asylum seekers, Swedish police have said.

The unnamed disabled woman had asked to use a toilet at a nearby asylum center after sharing a taxi with one of its residents. But after she was invited inside, the woman, in her 30s, was attacked by the man and six of his fellow migrants.

A furious group of more than 100 Swedes have since attacked the centre in Visby, pelting it with rocks.

The victim’s lawyer Staffan Fredriksson told local newspaper Aftonbladlet: “She followed him in and had no fears that something would happen. Then the man took advantage of the situation. The abuse started in the toilet.” He added: “She is completely broken down.”

Five men, all aged in their 20s, have since been arrested by Swedish police following the incident on October 2. They are yet to release the men’s nationalities or identities.

Sweden has been at the forefront of efforts to accept migrants fleeing conflicts in places like Syria and Afghanistan. Last year alone it is estimated to have taken in more than 200,000 asylum seekers – around 2 percent of its population.

Germany, by comparison, accepted the equivalent of 1 percent over the same period.

 “She got paralyzed in this situation and was not able to bring herself to resist physically, other than saying no.”

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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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Male Muslim students won’t shake hands with female teachers

One could argue that Sharia Law will never allow Muslims to assimilate.

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Via NY Post: Female teachers at a Swiss high school won’t be getting any handshakes from their male Muslim students anymore — and local officials are outraged.

Two teen students got a school in the northern municipality of Therwil to rule that they can forgo the Swiss custom of shaking their instructor’s hand because it violates their religious beliefs, according to The Local.

But the decision angered many local leaders including Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga, who went on TV Monday blasting the new policy, insisting “shaking hands is part of our culture. We cannot tolerate that women in the public service are treated differently from me,” said Christopher Eymann, who runs the Swiss Conferences of Cantonal Ministers of Education.

Muslim groups stood behind the decision, arguing that the students were not trying to be impolite. “One would think that the continued existence of Switzerland’s core values was at stake, when this particular case in fact involves just two high school students who have said they wish to greet their teacher in a different way than with a handshake,” Switzerland’s Islamic Central Council said in a statement.

The Quran, the religious book of Islam, forbids men from touching women who are not members of their immediate families or their wives.

I discovered last night (via Hot Air), that the boys are brothers, ages 14 and 15, and one of them posted material on his Facebook page in support of ISIS, the Basler Zeitung online newspaper reported. This information came from USA Today.

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