Swedish Appeal court cuts terror sentences

Appeal court cuts terror sentences

“The Svea Court of Appeal has reduced the sentence given to two Iraqi Kurds, despite upholding their convictions for terror-related offences.A 29 year old imam from Stockholm had his seven year sentence cut to five years, while a 25 year old asylum seeker based in Malmö now faces four years and six months behind bars instead of six years.

After they have served their sentence, both will be deported and banned from returning to Sweden.The appeal court found them guilty of planning terror attacks and financing terrorism through sending money to the terror organisation Ansar al-Islam. But in contrast to the lower court, the appeal judges were not satisfied that all of the $148,000 the pair sent to Iraq was actually used for terrorism.The court accepted the prosecutor’s argument that the pair sent $148,000, but said that there was no proof that more than $33,000 actually got through.

On that basis, the men’s sentences were reduced. The part of the money which was sent before 1st July 2003 – when new terror laws came into power – was deemed to be “planning destruction of public property”.The court was not united in its verdict, with two members of the judging panel arguing that the lower court’s decision should be upheld. Peter Mutvei, who was representing the 29 year old imam, said that he intends to take the case to the Supreme Court. “There will be an appeal against the verdict in its entirety.

That’s completely clear. My client believes the verdict is completely wrong,” he said. The court also decided on Monday to lift restrictions on the two men. The imam is married with two small children.”

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