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The 16-year-old girl Beatrice ”Bea” Fredrixon was murdered 4 May 2010 in Vasteras. She was found in the Raby wood not far from a school. She had been killed in a very brutal manner, by kicks, marks in the face from shoe stamps, marks from stranglehold and finally the throwing of her against a big boulder that finally ended her life. She was going to meet her boyfriend in the wood and discuss important matters.

Her boyfriend, and murderer, the 17-year-old Barzan Kamal Othman Khoshnaw, an Iraqi citizen, came to Sweden 3 years ago with his mother and little brother. His parents are divorced and his father still lives in Iraq. The previous winter, Barzan went back home to see his father, who happened to see a picture of a Bea embraced by Barzan in his sons cell phone. The father was furious. Back in Sweden, Barzan was changed. He often lost his temper and was very sad, according to Bea’s mother.

According to the law court’s investigation Barzan killed Bea because he thought she was pregnant and because she did not want to have an abortion. But to tell his father that he was going to be a father himself, was out of the question. This led to her death. The motive of the crime is stated to be honour-related, according to the preliminary investigation. Later examinations showed that she was not pregnant.

The court sentenced Barzan to 3 years’ secure youth detention for murder, duress and abuse of the legal proceeding. He also will have to pay damages of 18.900 euros to Bea’s family (which is commonly paid by the Swedish tax payers).

At the same time, he rendered his family a big favour. Since the regulations in Sweden, unlike the rules in Denmark, Norway and Finland, do not permit minor criminals to be expelled after a sentence has been served, the prosecutor could not insist on expulsion. According to Swedish law, it is too inhumane to expel young criminals that are so young, despite the fact that the crime is a brutal honour-related murder.

Since Barzan at the time for the murder did not have a permanent residence permit (PUT), the process of investigating if the family has the right to get the PUT is interrupted. A PUT will be granted unconditionally for the murderer and his whole family. This is the result of the Swedish principle of obstacle of execution.

The moral is: if you want to be sure to have a permanent resident permit in Sweden, see to it that one of your minor teenagers, or yourself, if you are under 18, kill someone. Couldn’t it be more apparent?

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