To hand over our daughter’s murderer to Sweden immediately

In a statement, the family of the murdered Lebanese model, Zina Kanjo, denounced the Swedish authorities’ delay in extraditing their daughter’s killer, also denouncing the Swedish judiciary’s demand for guarantees and conditions for extradition.

The family confirmed in a statement, today, Saturday, that it will resort to all forms of expression and protest to pressure the killer to be extradited, warning against leaving him free in Sweden.

Likewise, the family called on the Lebanese authorities to be strict in order to stop the injustice and injustice in the case, appealing to Prime Minister Najib Mikati to summon the Swedish ambassador and demand that the murderer be extradited immediately.

Kanjo was killed inside her home in Beirut during February of the year 2021, by her ex-husband Ibrahim Ghazal, whom the family is asking the Swedish authorities to extradite.

In an interview with Sky News Arabia two days ago, the victim’s father, Muhammad Kanjo, said, “The accused is being arrested in Sweden, and there are difficulties impeding his transfer to trial in Lebanon.”

On the other hand, the legal representative of the victim’s family, the Lebanese lawyer, Ashraf Al-Moussawi, said, “The Swedish authorities had arrested Ghazal during his surreptitious entry into its territory, according to an Interpol memorandum issued by the Public Prosecutor of Cassation in Beirut, Judge Ghassan Oweidat.”

Al-Moussawi continued in his interview with “Sky New Arabia”: “Based on the procedures followed between countries to recover criminals, the Lebanese authorities asked their Swedish counterparts to extradite the wanted fugitive from justice in accordance with legal principles and frameworks, but, in a remarkable position, the Swedish authorities refused to hand over Ghazal to the Lebanese judiciary.” under the pretext that the Lebanese Penal Code stipulates the death penalty for the murderer, and this is inconsistent with the laws followed in Sweden.

Al-Moussawi explained that “the Swedish authorities requested guarantees from their counterparts in Lebanon that Ghazal would not be executed if he was extradited (and convicted of the crime), which angered and disapproved of the victim’s family.”

The victim’s lawyer confirmed that “Aweidat categorically refused to give guarantees to the Swedish authorities not to execute Ghazal if he was convicted, as the Lebanese Penal Code refers to the death penalty for the murderer on purpose, and the non-application of the penalty requires amending the legal text in Parliament, and there is an impossibility in that in the circumstances.” current”.

Al-Moussawi considered that “the Swedish authorities, with this decision, have violated the principle of the sovereignty of the Lebanese national state over its territory,” suggesting that they “will proceed to release Ghazal at any moment, so that we are facing a new tragedy and another murder in which a potential killer escapes punishment, and a crisis between the two Lebanese governments.” and Swedish.”


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