Friday, November 19, 2021

What Is a Policeman's Life Worth in Sweden? Answer: 8 Years

Hat tip Nyheter Idag, Vlad Tepes and Gates of Vienna. Translation by Fousesquawk.

In June, we reported on the shocking murder of a Swedish policeman in one of Gothenburg's "no-go zones". The person later charged with the crime was a 17-year-old Somali gang member.

Today, a Gothenburg court sentenced Sakariye Ahmed to 8 years for the crime. Incredibly, some in the Swedish media think the punishment is too harsh!!

Although not mentioned in the below article, the Swedish news outlet, Expressen, reports that during his questioning, Ahmed claimed that he had been smoking cannabis on the day of the crime. We are working on getting a video from that report sub-titled into English.

This, of course, brings to mind the vicious 2017 murder in Paris of a French Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi. Her attacker was judged not criminally responsible for the murder since he had been smoking cannabis on that day.  

The below article from Nyheter Idag is translated by Fousesquawk.

TV4 after verdict against police murderer: "How do you defend 8 years in prison?"

Gothenburg: Sakariye Ahmed, 17, is sentenced to 8 years in prison for murdering policeman, Andreas Danman, and attempted murder in Bishopsgarden in Gothenburg. TV4 News commentator Jens Lapidus thinks that the sentence was unusually harsh, and TV4's reporter "pins court spokesman, Goran Lundahl, against the wall". (Translator's note: Presses him or puts him on the defensive).

How do you defend 8 years in prison? asks TV4's reporter.

17-year-old Sakariye Ahmed is sentenced in the Gothenburg district court  to 8 years in prison for the murder of policeman Andreas Danman and a murder attempt on June 30 this year

Danman was shot to death with a k-pistol, and according to the prosecutor, Ahmed intended to shoot enemies in a rival gang when Danman came riding on an unmarked black moped and was shot.

Author and lawyer, Jens Lapidus, commented on the sentence to TV4 and says that he is surprised that Sakariye is sentenced to a relatively harsh punishment.

"It is really unusual to sentence a 17-year-old to prison, and I would have thought that the reduction would be a little more, that he might get 7 years or 6 years, but now he gets 8," Lapidus says to TV4 News.

When TV4 interviewed court spokesman Goran Lundahl, the reporter asks Lundahl how the court "defends" giving Sakariye 8 years in prison.

"We have just heard our commentator, Jens Lapidus, talk about how this is seen as a really harsh punishment. How do you defend 8 years in prison?" asks TV4's reporter.

"Yes, it's because we see this act as very serious. I agree that it is a harsh punishment," answers Lundahl and continues:

"But this involves a shooting that occurred in the middle of a residential area with a weapon that has no legal use, which is powerful, where there are people out and about as part of an on-going gang conflict. And so we believe that murder for an adult would result in life imprisonment."

Sakariye was earlier convicted for a series of crimes, including attempted murder with a knife in November 2019. On that occasion, Sakariye was sentenced to one-year juvenile detention.

*Update: Here is a Swedish news video (Expressen) on the questioning of Ahmed wherein he claimed not to remember the day of the shooting because he was smoking cannabis. Translation by Fousesquawk.


Jesus SuX said...

Horrible Miscarriage of Justice.

Here is another example, a little closer to home:

Gary Fouse said...

Based on the article (I have no prior knowledge of the case), I would agree. Judges are important, whether elected locally or appointed by elected politicians. We need to pay attention to who rises to the bench.