A 55-year-old Swedish man was put on trial and fined $1,265 for committing a “crime of opinion” by writing on Facebook that Sunni Muslims “account for a lot of gang crime in Sweden and other violent stuff like rapes,” Fria Tider reports.
From Sputnik News:
During the trial, the man claimed to be a believer in the freedom of speech both in Sweden and on Facebook, the Fria Tider news outlet reported.
The 55-year-old man from the Swedish town of Jönköping has been handed a SEK 10,000 ($1,265) fine for crime of opinion after writing on Facebook that Sunni Muslims account for a lot of the gang-related crimes and rapes committed in Sweden.
Prosecutor Lisa Hedberg chose to take legal action against the man after his post on the Facebook group “Now is enough! I want re-election now!” in April 2017. The public group has close to 13,000 members and is opposed to the actions of Sweden’s incumbent “red-green” government.
According to Fria Tider, the man’s own wording went as follows:
“Somalis are Sunni Muslim, they have the same orientation as Saudi Arabia, with sharia law & other s*it… They account for a lot of gang crime in Sweden and other violent stuff like rapes. Afghans are also up to 80 percent Sunni, the damn pack.”
Hedberg concluded that the man expressed himself in a “criminally derogatory” manner regarding Muslims, Somalis and Afghans, based on creed, national or ethnic origin.
Of course, if imported foreigners say “all Swedes are racists” or feminists say “all Swedish men are rapists” that’s just fine.