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Malaysian couple jailed in Sweden for child abuse

Published on Mar 28, 2014 7:31 PM
Children of Malaysian Muslim couple Azizul Raheem Awalludin and his wife Shalwati Nurshal (both not pictured), who were detained by Swedish authorities over allegations of child abuse of Ammar, 12, (left), Adam, 11, (second left), Arif, 7, (second right) and Aisyah, 14, (right) pose for pictures with Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister, Hamzah Zainuddin (centre) after they arrived from Stockholm, Sweden in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on Feb 1, 2014. The Malaysian couple accused of child abuse in Sweden has been found guilty and sentenced to prison by the Solna District Court, and will also have to pay their children damages. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A Malaysian couple were jailed on Friday by a Stockholm court for assaulting their four children while on a work assignment to Sweden where corporal punishment is illegal.

Azizul Awalludin, 38, and his wife Shalwati Norshal, 46, were sentenced to 10 and 14 months respectively for beating their children - aged seven to 14 - over a three-year period with a bamboo stick, a clothes hanger and their hands.

"I have spoken to my client (Awalludin) and he is of course very disappointed - he denied the charges," defence lawyer Jonas Tamm told AFP.

The court rejected the defence's claim that the oldest child had made up the abuse.

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