A Swedish father is in trouble with the law for complaining that Muslim teachers at his daughter’s school are fully veiled while teaching in the classroom. His views are considered unacceptable in Sweden, and he is being prosecuted for his “hate speech”.
Many thanks to LN for translating this article from Samhällsnytt:
Critic of Islam charged with harassment
In Ronneby, Former SD [Sweden Democrats] politician Tomas Lundberg criticised the fact that four teachers at his daughter’s school wear hijab and full Muslim dress. Tomas was reported to the police, and in the interviews the investigator says that one should not equate full Muslim dress with the Islamic State (ISIS). Furthermore, the investigators are noticeably bothered by Tomas’ Islam-critical views. But it doesn’t end there — behind the indictment is an SD-hating prosecutor. Now Blekinge District Court has convicted Tomas of the crime, and he must pay tens of thousands of kronor to the hijabbed teachers and the state. One of the hijabbed teachers said that they would rather see the police take Tomas to a forced course in Islam because of his “ignorance”.
In November of 2019 the 70-year-old property owner and father Tomas Lundberg published a Facebook post in which he showed a picture of several Muslim teachers in Säckebacksskolan.
In the post, Tomas wrote, among other things: “The children in my daughter’s 8th-grade class at Säckebacksskolan in Ronneby should not have to have teachers who express sympathy for foreign religious views through their frightening attire.”
In addition, he wrote: “It is not helped by the fact that Islam is difficult to distinguish from Islamism. Daesh (editor’s note: ISIS) should not be given a second chance in Sweden.”
Tomas also made it clear to his followers on Facebook that he was “not singling out Muslims as a group but only demanding that the school be politically and religiously neutral, especially with regard to teaching staff.”
Below is a screenshot of Tomas’ Facebook post, which is included in the preliminary police investigation report:
[Photo Credit: Police]
SD-hating prosecutor pushed on
Tomas’ post was something that police officers at the Democracy and Hate Crime Unit and the Karlskrona Prosecution Service could not tolerate. A police investigation was initiated and resulted in a charge of defamation and libel, but also a case of “incitement against a group of people” [hets mot folkgrupp] on another occasion.
Samnytt can tell you that the SD-hating prosecutor Lena-Marie Bergström at the Karlskrona prosecutor’s office was behind the investigation against Tomas. It is the same prosecutor who was involved in the earlier witch hunt against SD politician Christopher Larsson in Karlskrona.
In 2017, Christopher Larsson (SD) was reported to the police on suspicion of the opinion crime “incitement against a group of people” after writing a Facebook post in which he described it as “a day of sadness” and referred to the fact that the mosque in Karlskrona is to start calls to prayer on Fridays. “…Then for the first time the minaret will call out over Karlskrona that ‘Allah is great’, the same phrase ‘Allahu Akhbar’ that Islamists shout when they blow themselves up.”
During the investigation, the prosecutor Bergström was revealed to be an SD-hater who shared a video on social media equating the party with Nazism. As a result, she had to leave the investigation. Below is a picture from prosecutor Bergström’s Facebook account:…
Deputy Chief Prosecutor Marie Lindström took over the investigation against Larsson (SD) and shared Bergström’s view that it was a issue of opinion crimes. But in Blekinge District Court, the court ruled that the post was not punishable. Lindström argued that the district court was wrong and appealed to the Court of Appeal.
“I do not think is a restriction of freedom of expression to convict the accused of incitement to hatred,” said Deputy Chief Prosecutor Marie Lindström to BLT.
But also in the Court of Appeal, Deputy Chief Prosecutor Lindström was slapped down when Larsson (SD) was acquitted of suspicion of opinion crime.
When Tomas discovered that it was SD-hater Lena-Marie Bergström who was leading the investigation into the hijabbed women, he immediately demanded that the prosecutor be replaced. But the police investigator initially refused to accept the accusation that Bergström is a political activist.
The police investigator asks why prosecutor Bergström should be biased, despite Tomas’ previous political involvement in the Sweden Democrats and his outspoken criticism of Islamisation in Sweden.
It appears from the court documents that prosecutors Marie Lindström and Malin Niklasson were involved in the investigation of Tomas after Lena-Marie Bergström was forced to leave once again.
Police use Trump cap as evidence
In connection with the police investigators’ gathering of evidence against Tomas, a screenshot is taken of a picture in which Tomas is seen wearing a Donald Trump hat.
Tomas denies that he has done anything criminal with his statement about Islamisation in Swedish schools. He says in the police interview that he stands for what is written in the post and could even tattoo it on his body.
Police: “You compare Islam with Nazism”
In the interrogation, Tomas says that he would also disapprove if teachers had worn symbols of crusaders or Nazis. This comparison with Islam makes the police investigators uneasy, “but then you are comparing a religion with Nazism”, replies interrogator Per Petersson.
The police: “You don’t care how they feel — why do you write like this?”
Police investigators are also disturbed that Tomas “doesn’t give a damn” about how the hijabbed teachers feel after he expressed his opinion. In several questions, the authorities focus on their feelings while Tomas tries to make it clear that he wants to express his opinion that the school should be secular.
Demands compulsory course in Islam for Tomas
One of the hijabbed teachers tells the police that she wants SEK 12,000 in damages and for Tomas to be given a compulsory course on Islam. This is because “his crime is nothing but ignorance.”
State television gets involved
State television has also become involved in the incident. The tax-funded public broadcaster, which is usually restrictive about showing pictures of convicts, on this occasion published a picture of Tomas already at the time of the indictment.