Finally the sentence was passed. In one of my former blogposts I wrote about this abominable manslaughter of the 78-year-old woman on a parking lot in Landskrona.
A few days ago the law court found that Ahmad Akileh, with Lebanese citizenship, was guilty of grievous bodily harm, aggravated assault, gross negligence manslaughter and ill treatment of normal degree to prison for 1 year and 10 months. Ahmad Akileh shall also pay 43 000 SEK damages to the woman’s husband Sven Wickman and 18 944 SEK to the estate of the deceased.
At the end of the session Akileh complained about the fact that he had a problem with his stomach and mental health problems that made the judge reduce the period in prison with a few months, a sentence that in reality should have been 2 years. The fact that he lied in 2007 and said that he was from Iraq instead of Lebanon in order to become a permanent residence permit in Sweden did not seem to influence the senctence, as he was not sentenced to expulsion after having served his sentence.
Many people, and even some of the journalists I mentioned in my earlier blog post that then defended the perpetrator, mean that the sentence is to lenient. The woman’s husband claims that the perpetrator got off lighty.
This is what Leif G.W. Person, a somewhat controversial Swedish criminologist says, when commenting on the sentence:
The whole thing took place in Landskrona on 29 March. The same Landskrona where the Sweden Democrats in the latest election got 22 per cent of the votes and valet and possible is it so bad that this can have had something to do with the case. Some kind of inverted racism that have jeopardized our equality before the law. Irrespective of what, both the sentence, the sentenced person and above all his defender, Leif Silbersky, have come as a a gift from above for the Sweden Democrats’ party leaders.
As a comparison we can examine another sentence that was pronounced recently, an imprisonment of five years. The perpetrator, Johan af Donner, former Communications chief of the Swedish Red Cross, was sentenced for serious aggravated fraud, breach of trust, being accessory to aggravated accounting fraud, untrue statement and complicity in obstructing in fiscal control (with reservation for that the legal term can be wrongly translated) against the Red Cross and the Swedish Cancer Society. He had swindled the organization out of millions of Swedish crowns.
The two sentences were pronounced within a week. The reactions when comparing the sentences have been massive and people are in an awful rage and they ask themselves how a human life can be so underestimated compared to money. For there is a trend in Sweden that a life is worth almost nothing when it comes to a judicial decision. Money and objects apparently seem to have a higher value.
The law courts have apparently abandoned human dignity. The 78-year-old lady on the parking lot has no value. She was a worthless creature that just as well could have been killed. This is what Swedish case law in plain language communicates. The perpetrators are glorified, they are defended and cuddled.
Even the the mass media show contempt for the ill-treated husband och the fact that he had witnessed how his wife was killed in the street. The media has shown greater indignation of mismanaged animals than they have done for the old couple in Landskrona.
So when is Sweden ready to do some research into this matter? To find out what is actually valuable in our society and what is not. Comparing the law courts’ sentences and fines. This would be a real challenge. The next, and inevitable question is of course why this is the case.