I Plead Not Guilty, Because I Was High

Last summer I posted about the murder of a Swedish policeman named Andreas Danman by a 17-year-old Somali culture-enricher named Sakariye Ali Ahmed. The killing took place in a no-go zone in the Biskopsgården neighborhood of the city of Gothenburg.

Master Ahmed has since been tried and convicted of murder, and a sentence has been handed down. The Swedish court really threw the book at him: eight years in prison! And we all know how harsh the conditions are in Swedish prisons, so Master Ahmed is certain to repent of his crime.

The video below is taken from a news report on the trial, before the verdict was reached. The defendant seems to be using “I don’t remember — I was high” as an element of his defense.

I wonder how you say “dindu nuffin” in Swedish…

Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes and RAIR Foundation for the subtitling:

Below is an article (also translated by Gary Fouse) from a different source, the conservative news outlet Nyheter Idag. It doesn’t mention cannabis, but some bien-pensants are actually saying the sentence is too harsh:

TV4 after verdict against police murderer: “How do you defend eight years in prison?”

Gothenburg: Sakariye Ahmed, 17, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for murdering the policeman Andreas Danman, and attempted murder, in Biskopsgården in Gothenburg. TV4 News commentator Jens Lapidus thinks that the sentence was unusually harsh, and TV4’s reporter “pins court spokesman, Goran Lundahl, against the wall” ([Translator’s note: Presses him or puts him on the defensive].

How do you defend 8 years in prison? asks TV4’s reporter.

17-year-old Sakariye Ahmed has been sentenced in the Gothenburg district court to eight years in prison for the murder of policeman Andreas Danman and attempted murder on June 30 of this year

Danman was shot to death with a k-pistol, and according to the prosecutor, Ahmed intended to shoot enemies in a rival gang when Danman came riding on an unmarked black moped and was shot.

The author and lawyer Jens Lapidus commented on the sentence to TV4 and says that he is surprised that Sakariye has been sentenced to a relatively harsh punishment.

“It is really unusual to sentence a 17-year-old to prison, and I would have thought that the reduction would be a little more, that he might get seven years or six years, but now he gets eight,” Lapidus says to TV4 News.

When TV4 interviewed the court spokesman Goran Lundahl, the reporter asks Lundahl how the court “defends” giving Sakariye eight years in prison.

“We have just heard our commentator, Jens Lapidus, talk about how this is seen as a really harsh punishment. How do you defend eight years in prison?” asks TV4’s reporter.

“Yes, it’s because we see this act as very serious. I agree that it is a harsh punishment,” answers Lundahl, and continues: “But this involves a shooting that occurred in the middle of a residential area with a weapon that has no legal use, which is powerful, where there are people out and about as part of an ongoing gang conflict. And so we believe that murder for an adult would result in life imprisonment.”

Sakariye was previously convicted of a series of crimes, including attempted murder with a knife in November 2019. On that occasion, Sakariye was sentenced to one year of juvenile detention.

Video transcript:

00:00   17-year-old suspected of murder of policeman Andreas Danman says in court he had smoked cannabis that day.
00:03   We did a few things first; I don’t remember. As I said, I was under the influence of cannabis.
00:08   On Tuesday, November 9, the questioning of the 17-year-old suspected of the murder
00:13   of policeman Andreas Danman in Biskopsgården on June 30.
00:18   The prosecutor claims that there are witnesses and clothing with DNA
00:22   and gunpowder residue which can connect the suspect to the crime.
00:26   The 17-year-old himself claims that he was under the influence of cannabis,
00:30   and therefore doesn’t clearly remember what happened the day of the murder.
00:34   So I don’t remember so well that day, but I am sure I was in Frölunda with some friends.
00:39   And I came home, I got a ride.
00:43   We did a few things first; I don’t remember. As I said, I was under the influence of cannabis.
00:49   And then I got a ride home, that was all I remember.
00:53   And I am seen by the camera at 1 am.
00:58   OK.
01:01   Questions, Prosecutor. —You said that you used cannabis that day. About how much did you smoke?
01:08   I don’t remember. I can’t give you an exact amount.
01:11   About how much do you usually smoke? —A lot.
01:14   A lot?
 

3 thoughts on “I Plead Not Guilty, Because I Was High

  1. The Swedes have some interesting ideas of what constitutes a long imprisonment for murder. In my opinion, a long sentence for murder would be for life in prison.

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