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Parents jailed in Sweden 'honor killing'

HOGSBY, Sweden, July 5 (UPI) -- The parents of a teenager who carried out a so-called honor killing in Sweden were sentenced to 10 years Tuesday.

Abbas Rezai, 20, was found dead in an apartment in Hogsby in southern Sweden in 2005. Police said he had been scalded with hot oil, struck with various objects, stabbed repeatedly and scalped, with most wounds sustained after death.

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Authorities said Rezai was killed because of his relationship with a 16-year-old girl.

Her brother, then 17, was convicted while the parents were cleared at first.

When the son later implicated his parents, they said he only changed his story for fear of deportation to Afghanistan after his sentence. But the sister and another relative backed the youth, now 23.

The Gota Court of Appeal convicted both parents of murder and ordered them deported after their prison time, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

The son's conviction was changed to accessory to murder and he will now serve a further 16 months and not be deported.

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