In a shocking sentence, a Malmö court awarded a Syrian rapist 840,000 Swedish crowns (€80,000) in damages to be paid be the Swedish state, news portal Expressen reports.
He was one of the two Syrian migrants arrived in Sweden in 2017, where they were immediately granted asylum and living expenses by the state. A few weeks later, however, they committed several serious crimes in Malmö, including abduction and rape in which one of the men strangled a woman.
A few weeks later, another woman was abducted, locked in a cellar, and then beaten and raped by one of the suspects. In addition, the two committed a series of other crimes, including such as extortion, theft, and driving without a license.
The court eventually sentenced them to four and a half years in prison, but in the meantime, migrant aid NGO lawyers discovered that one of the offenders was under 18 years old at the time the crimes were committed. Therefore, compensation of SEK 840,000, approximately €80,000, has now been awarded in his favor. Since the man was under 18 at the time of the offenses, his sentence was considered to “harsh” due to Swedish law regarding punishment for underage perpetrators.
Sweden has seen a dramatic rise in sexual crimes, including rape and gang rape, over the last decades, with most of that rise attributed to the country’s growing migrant population.
Title image: Police cordon in Malmö, Sweden.