A Swedish court docket has sentenced a person and a girl to 10 and eight years in jail respectively for tried homicide and accent to tried homicide in a hammer assault on a blogger and critic of the Chechen chief, Ramzan Kadyrov.
The pair, who weren’t named by the Gavle district court docket, assaulted Tumso Abdurakhmanov on 26 February 2020 in his dwelling in Gavle, 106 miles (170km) north of Stockholm.
In an announcement, the court docket stated the assault was deliberate and added that “the sufferer and the perpetrator had no relationship to one another”.
Abdurakhmanov was assaulted with a hammer by a person who instructed the Chechen he got here from Moscow, the Swedish information company TT stated. He survived the assault.
TT stated it was clear to the prosecution that the person attacked Abdurakhmanov and that the girl had began a relationship with Abdurakhmanov so as to facilitate the assault and permit the attacker to enter the house.
The blogger’s lawyer, Jens Sjölund, instructed the Swedish broadcaster SVT that his consumer had hoped for an extended sentence as a result of he feared he could be attacked once more.
In a separate assertion, Daniel Stenling, head of the Swedish safety police’s counterintelligence unit, stated in “the final 5 years, different nations’ actions and operations on Sweden have intensified”.
He added that the police unit “has beforehand famous how different nations act to undermine basic human rights and freedoms in Sweden. By means of persecution, threats and even tried homicide, persons are pressured to chorus from expressing their opinions.”
Moscow has relied on Kadyrov to stabilise Chechnya after two separatist wars and has run the predominantly Muslim area as his private fiefdom, counting on its feared safety forces to implement his rule and quash dissent. Worldwide human rights teams have accused Chechen authorities of abductions, torture and killings of their opponents.
The Chechen chief has rejected allegations of involvement in assaults on his critics overseas, claiming that they have been carried out by overseas spies to compromise him and tarnish Russia’s picture.
The court docket stated the 2 folks convicted should additionally collectively pay damages to the sufferer of 140,000 kronor (£16,960) plus curiosity.