A Swedish woman upset by ISIS news posted the “How to make a muslim” meme to a Facebook group in spring of 2017, and now she’s facing up to two years imprisonment.
The person who reported her to the authorities — he or she is identified only as “Johan Erikson” — complained that the 32-year-old woman’s meme was an “expression of hate and/or mockery of a demographic,” and included information about the woman’s age, place of residence, as well as her mother’s identity.
The police began a preliminary investigation and summoned her for interrogation at the Ernst Fontells Plats police station in Gothenburg in late January this year, where they also had her DNA taken for the national register.
The woman’s appeals for mercy fell on deaf ears. “I read a lot and had seen documentaries about ISIS and how they treat people. I had no malicious intent. And I had a fever.”
The interrogators quizzed her on her position on Sweden’s multicultural experiment, and whether she had anything against muslims. “No, I don’t. But I am against ISIS, the extremists. My best friend is muslim so I don’t mind muslims,” answered the woman.
But prosecutor Sara Toreskog at Göteborg’s Prosecutor’s Office saw things differently and chose to put the woman on trial for “hets mot folkgrupp” (mockery of a demographic / hate speech) — a hate crime punishable by up to two years in prison.
According to prosecution, the 32-year-old woman is guilty of “religiously motivated demeaning expression about muslims.”
The Swedish newspaper Fria Tider has unsuccessfully tried to obtain a comment from prosecutor Sara Toreskog for several days.
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