Leftists in Sweden advocate open borders for non-white immigrants. They also vehemently oppose spanking children.
The impasse involves a Malaysian immigrant couple who were caught smacking their children. To complicate matters further, the children were beaten for failure to perform Muslim prayers.
The cutesy photograph of the couple was, no doubt, intended to sway our emotions in favor of the offending couple who have been holed up in jail for the past month of so.
Malaysians arrested for hitting kids in SwedenContinue reading ►
by The Local
A Malaysian couple with diplomatic passports have spent more than a month in Swedish jail, after being accused of hitting their children for not performing their prayers. The parents risk ten years in jail.
The husband and wife were arrested on December 18th after police received a report that they had repeatedly hit their four children, aged nine to 14-years-old. Malaysian newspaper The Star reported that the police report stems from an incident in which the Muslim couple struck their 12-year-old son on the hands for refusing to perform his prayers.
The boy told his teachers in Stockholm about the incident, which was then passed along to the school's counselors, who in turn notified police. It has been illegal in Sweden for parents physically punish their children since the late 1970s.
A day later, authorities arrested the parents and placed the children in foster care while their parents await trial, The Star reported.
"It's a terrible situation for the parents and the children," lawyer Timo Manninen, the public defender involved in the child custody side of the case, told The Local. "When the parents are being held on remand, they obviously can't take care of their children."
The couple has lived in Sweden for three years. The man, Azizul Raheem Awalludin, works for Tourism Malaysia in Stockholm and has worked for his country's tourism ministry since 2000. His wife, Shalwati Nurshal, is a secondary school teacher on unpaid leave. The Swedish foreign ministry said neither Awalludin nor Nurshal are registered as diplomats, leading prosecutors to conclude that diplomatic immunity does not apply in the case.
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