Blamed each other for the murder – now both are sentenced

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Published 30 November 2022 at 16.06

Domestic. Uppsala district court today sentenced two Kurdish men to 12 and 6 years in prison respectively for the murder of a young man outside Enköping. The duo blamed each other for the murder, but are thus both convicted. One, however, escapes deportation – despite being a citizen of Iran.

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The victim, a 19-year-old, was found last summer shot in the head in a field in Tillinge just outside Enköping.

The accused men, a 20-year-old and a 33-year-old, has admitted that they came to the scene together with the 19-year-old in a car. However, they blame each other as to which of them should have fired the fatal shot.

– Because the defendants blame each other, the district court has not been able to determine which of them has killed the 19-year-old. It is clear that one of the accused men has killed the 19-year-old and the district court has found that they both intended to kill him. They are therefore each sentenced for aiding and abetting murder, says court chairman Nils Pålbrant.

The penalty is set at 12 years (for the 33-year-old) and 6 years in prison (for the 20-year-old). When sentencing, consideration has been given to the fact that one of the men was only 18 years old at the time of the crime and that they both provided information which meant that the crime had been solved.

The convicts are citizens of Iraq and Iran, respectively. According to the verdict, the 33-year-old Kurd from Iraq must be deported there with a ban on returning to Sweden forever. The district court obtained an opinion from the Swedish Migration Agency, which stated that he is in Sweden illegally, that he has no individual need for protection and that there is no possibility to enforce a possible deportation.

However, the prosecutor did not demand that the 20-year-old be deported , despite being an Iranian citizen.

The duo have stated that they carried out the killing at the behest of a 35-year-old man who is also Kurdish and has been charged with incitement to murder. They have also stated that a 21-year-old man has promoted the act in various ways and the prosecutor has charged him with aiding and abetting murder. These have completely denied that they had anything to do with the murder. However, the district court has found that they are not credible in their identification and believes that it is also not supported by other evidence in such a way that it is beyond reasonable doubt that they were guilty of what the prosecutor claims. The charges are therefore dismissed against the 35-year-old and the 31-year-old.