PETALING JAYA - 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.
Mother of the four children, Shalwati Norshal, was handed a 14-month prison sentence for gross violation of the integrity of their daughter and eldest son, as well as of assault of their two younger sons.
Father Azizul Raheem Awalluddin, who is in Sweden as a Tourism Malaysia director, was handed a sentence of 10 months prison as he was convicted of gross violation of the integrity of his eldest son and the assault of his daughter and second oldest son.
He was acquitted of any offences against his youngest son.
Both parents were also ordered to pay damages to their children.
Their children Aisyah, 14, Ammar 12, Adam 11 and Arif 7, are now under the care of their aunt in Kelantan.
Malaysia media said the couple had allegedly scolded their 12-year-old son and hit him on his hands for not performing his prayers.
While Islam is against child abuse, it allows parents to discipline their children, especially in areas such as performing daily prayers and reading the Quran.
But Sweden has had an anti-spanking law since 1979 that makes beating children a criminal offence tantamount to assault. Parents found guilty face a jail term of between six months and 10 years.