Three journalists employed by the Swedish state broadcaster SVT, have been sentenced to community service after they were convicted of human smuggling in connection with a TV program they were making, reports SVT.
Journalist and narrator of the program, "Fosterland," Fredrik Önnevall (pictured), who helped 15-year-old Abed to travel from Syria to Sweden, was in January 2015 reported to the police for the smuggling. This week he was sentenced to community service along with two other employees of SVT.
The three journalists are sentenced after they organized an illegal journey for a young Arab man who wanted to go to Sweden to seek asylum.
- We have concluded that the three together helped in getting the person to Sweden, says the judge in the case, Kristina Andersson, to their employer SVT.
According to the district court it is clear already from the design of the (extreme left) program they were making, called "Fatherland," that SVT planned the illegal human smuggling even though they knew it was illegal. The journalists responsible for the program are therefore convicted of the crime and will now serve 75 easy hours of community service.
The prosecutor had asked for three months imprisonment, but Sweden is Sweden.
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