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Sweden: Six charged over 'honor' beating
Islam in Europe
The 19- year-old was attacked because he allegedly abused the daughter of one of the men a few weeks earlier. The man supposedly kidnapped the daughter in his car. The incident was reported to the police, but the investigation was closed.
Prosecutor Karl-Erik Antonsson says that the men did not accept the results of the police investigation and tried protecting the girl's honor. They believe there is only one way to atone for such a thing.
The man's lawyer, Elisabeth Massi Fritz, a specialist in honor crimes, says it's unusual that all the perpetrators have been charged. She says the investigation shows that the woman lived in a confining environment where she was not allowed to socialize with men, and that's why she was forced to make up a story. The lawyer says she's seen such things before.
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