Sweden still has custody over children of Malaysian couple jailed for child abuse

Sweden still has custody over children of Malaysian couple jailed for child abuse

JOHOR BARU - Sweden still has custody over the four Malaysian children whose parents were jailed for abusing them in Sweden.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said the Government had decided to leave it to the Swedish authorities to decide when custody of the children would be returned to their parents.

The Government would continue updating its Swedish counterpart with reports regarding the Malaysian children whose mother was ordered by the Solna district court there to serve time for abusing them.

"It is up to Sweden to decide when the children, who are being cared for by their aunt, can be returned to their mother now that she is released from jail," she told reporters after launching the national-level Stop Violence Against Women programme here yesterday.

She added that the children were doing well and had expressed their desire to return to the care of their parents.

Teacher Shalwati Norshal, 46, who was on unpaid leave, returned home from Sweden on Wednesday after completing her 14-month sentence handed down by the Solna district court in March.

Her husband Azizul Raheem Awaluddin, 38, who was in Sweden as Tourism Malaysia director, was sentenced to 10 months' jail for gross violation of the integrity of his eldest son and the assault of his daughter and second oldest son.

The offences took place in the family's home in Spnga, a Stockholm suburb, between Sept 15, 2010 and Dec 17, 2013.

Azizul was acquitted of the offences against his youngest son and released before Hari Raya.

All four of their children - Aishah Azizul Raheem, 15, and sons Ammar, 13, Adam, 12, and Ariff, eight - had been placed under the care of their aunt and her husband in Kota Baru since Feb 1.

At the event, Rohani also said she hoped her ministry would get an allocation of RM100mil (S$40million) in Budget 2015 to set up a special fund to provide financial help to women.

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