A Malaysian couple accused of hitting their children in Sweden for not performing their prayers, have been formally indicted in a case that has caused outrage back in Malaysia. If convicted, they face up to ten years in prison.
The parents were arrested in December after being accused of hitting their children’s hands for not performing their prayers. They have been since been held on remand while their four children were taken by social services and then repatriated to Malaysia to be with relatives.
On Monday, the prosecutor filed charges of gross violation of their children’s integrity (grov fridskränkning) and for assault with a Stockholm district court.
“In my judgement, the information provided by the children via remote video interrogation is trustworthy,” prosecutor Anna Arnell said in a statement.
“Together with other accompanying proof, such as witnesses and items that have been seized from the home, there are good grounds for the indictment.”
The trial is set to begin on February 18th and is expected to last ten days.