Swedish court sentences two to life over brutal murders in Syria

By AFP
Published: December 14, 2015
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In the graphic video, the two Swedes were shown taking part in the killing of two men in the northern city of Aleppo. PHOTO: AFP

In the graphic video, the two Swedes were shown taking part in the killing of two men in the northern city of Aleppo. PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM: A Swedish court on Monday sentenced two men to life in prison for “terror crimes” over their role in two grisly murders in Syria in 2013.

Hassan al-Mandlawi, 32, and Al-Amin Sultan, 30, both Swedish nationals, were convicted after graphic videos showed them taking part in the killing of two men in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

The footage, discovered on a USB stick in Sultan’s home, shows two men speaking in Swedish and giving directions before one prisoner is beheaded and another has his throat slashed with a knife.

Both are heard cheering while one severed head is held up.

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The defendants, who were both in court for the hearing in Sweden’s second city of Gothenberg, had denied they were involved in April 2013.

But the court convicted Mandlawi and Sultan of “terror crimes” after the National Forensic Centre confirmed they were the men seen in the film.

Prosecutor Agnetha Hilding Qvarnstrom said they were actively involved in the murders, without actually holding the knife.

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  • ishrat salim
    Dec 14, 2015 - 10:19PM

    This is called justice served. Not like what is happening in the case of Dr Asim. Recommend

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