- The P1 program Caliber’s review shows that the sons were investigated, but had to move back to their father before the murder. This after the social services judged that there was no risk of honor-related violence in the family.
- All three were later convicted of honor killings in Kiruna.
- “You can only think that it is very, very strange,” says Henrik Belfrage, professor of criminology who researches honor killings.
A father and his two teenage sons were convicted of honor killings after a 20-year-old man was killed on a bus in Kiruna in July last year.
Now a review from the P1 program Kaliber shows that the sons were allowed to move back to the father before the murder, after the social services judged that there was no honor-related violence in the family.
– You can not think otherwise than that it is very, very strange.
Henrik Belfrage is a professor of criminology at Linköping University, who researches honor killings.
– How they have arrived at it, they may well explain. But it is clear that it sounds strange.
The 20-year-old was stabbed to death on a bus in July 2020. The father and his two teenage sons were convicted in the district court, against their denials, of murder. The district court considered that there was a motive for honor, but the verdict was appealed to the Court of Appeal.
Caliber has investigated the events before the murder, and can show that the social administration in Kiruna investigated the family after reports of unrest. They moved the teenage sons away from the father, and put the mother in sheltered housing.
The administration’s conclusion became later that the family problem did not involve a risk of honor-related violence and the sons had to move back to the father. Just over six months later, the 20-year-old was murdered.
Ulrika Karlström, head of individual and family care in Kiruna, does not want to comment on individual cases, but says:
– The assessment has probably been made that it is appropriate.
Do you mean that it is a correct assessment then?
– A correct assessment then, I think it was. I am quite convinced that children and family secretaries leave children in sheltered housing if they make the assessment that there is a need, so then I assume that they have made the assessment that there was no need, says Ulrika Karlström.
Source: ICELAND NEWS