Swedish Court sentences Barbaros Leylani for anti-Armenian hate speech
The Court’s verdict says Leylani is guilty of hate crime with aggravated circumstances against an ethnic group – under Article 16, paragraph 8, point 2 of the Swedish Criminal Code. The Stockholm District Court sentenced Leylani to a 2 year suspended sentence & a fine.
During the November 30 court session, the judge proposed to deliver a suspended sentence to Leylani & a fine, saying that by his announcements, he had made threats aimed at a specific group, which happened in the center of Stockholm.
His attorney asked to sentence him only to a fine, stating that his defendant was in an unstable mental state, was under the influence of strong medication & delivered the speech without preparation.
The Court upheld the Prosecution’s demand & found Leylani’s announcements to be a criminal offense.
During the April 9 rally in Stockholm, Leylani said in his speech: “It’s time for the Turkish nation to unite. The Turks are awakening, and end is coming for the Armenian dogs. Death to Armenian dogs. Death, death!”