Two men, connected to the criminal gang ‘Fucked For Life,’ FFL, have each been sentenced to two years in prison for having had a 18 year old man forcefully tattooed. The man who did the tattooing was sentenced to three months in prison.
The 18-year old victim, who is not connected with the gang, had a tattoo that spelled ‘Förstörd För livet.’ The Swedish text means ‘Destroyed for Life.’ The gang members took it that the man was using their sign, and had the tattoo forcefully covered with a new tattoo.
My first reaction was, as I read the news, that I am glad the gang members are locked in. My second reaction, as I consider the length of the sentence and compare it to recent Swedish sentencing, is that this is a shining and a very scary example on how the Swedish justice operates. The sentencing is based on sentiments, presumed consensus (the judge taking the freedom to presume what the consensus is), and on community standards that are also presumed. With a little law mixed in for the sake of appearances.
This is the very common frame of mind in Sweden: Presumed entitlement. A very short-sighted striving to the good of the commune, without the insight that such stretching of the very foundation of the society is undermining the society it is supposed to serve, even as it shortsightedly may seem justified.
Let’s look at another recent case. A forty-two years old man supplied a fourteen years old girl who was in treatment for drugs addiction with amphetamines and had [according to the girl, forced] intercourse with her. The girl subsequently committed suicide just before she was to appear at court to testify about that the man had raped her. Even though Sweden recognizes statutory rape, the man was excused and not sentenced for rape because the dead girl did not appear in court to testify that force was used. The man was sentenced for 18 months.
One can only speculate what the sentencing would have been, had the 42-year old had the epitaph ‘gang member’ attached to his name. There is no question it would have been more than 18 months. Also, considering the extreme leniency of the judgment it is fair to speculate that the life of a drug addict, or her right not to be forced to have sex, is not as much worth as those of an average Swedish schoolgirl.
That is the sorry state of a nation where sentiments and presumptions count more than laws and human rights. Of course, those who have the power to exercise such arbitrary justice think Sweden is fantastic.