Swedish court reduces sentence for honor-killer teen

May 7, 2013 at 8:20 AM
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MALMO, Sweden, May 7 (UPI) -- A Swedish appeals court reduced the prison sentence for a teenage boy found guilty of fatally stabbing his sister for fleeing a forced marriage in Iraq.

The boy was given an 8-year prison sentence because he was only days away from his 17th birthday at the time of the April 2012 attack on his sister, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported Tuesday.

The Malmo Court of Appeals upheld the teen's guilty verdict but reduced the sentence imposed by a lower court from eight years in prison to four years in juvenile detention.

The appellate court referred to the death of the teen's sister as an "honor killing."

She was stabbed more than 100 times after she left Iraq and returned to Sweden.

A group in Malmo that works to stop honor crimes said local authorities ignored warnings that the woman was under threat and needed protection.

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