KOTA BARU - Azizul Raheem Awalluddin and Shalwati Norshal's children appeared stoic when told their parents had been convicted of abusing them and sentenced to jail in Sweden.
"I had been preparing them for the worst and so they were not surprised," Shalwati's sister Shaleena told The Star over telephone yesterday.
"They already knew their parents will be jailed and that is why they did not shed any tears when I broke the news to them (on Friday)," added Shaleena, who lives in Kampung Wakaf Tok Wali, Melor.
She has had to care for her niece and nephews - Aishah Azizul Raheem, 15, Ammar, 13, Adam, 12, and Ariff, eight - since their return from Stockholm following their parents' arrest.
"But I know that deep inside them they feel they were the reason for their parents' predicament," said Shaleena.
"But what is important is that they weather the situation and hope for the best."
Shaleena said Social Welfare director-general Datuk Noraini Mohd Hashim had advised her not to allow the media to interview the children so that they would not be traumatised.
Shaleena apologised to the media saying, the children might "feel guilty for a very long time."
The children's father and mother were jailed 10 months and 14 months respectively.