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    Swedish Court Sentences Asylum Seeker to 6 Years in Prison for Arson in Shelter

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    28-year-old Syrian asylum seeker was found guilty of starting a fire in his room in the shelter in Sweden in July, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A Swedish court has sentenced a 28-year-old Syrian asylum seeker who set a refugee shelter ablaze to six years in prison and subsequent deportation, local media reported.

    People react as they stand around cars gutted by fire in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby
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    The man was found guilty of starting a fire in his room in the shelter in July, which subsequently engulfed the 17th century wooden wing of a mansion near Surahammar, which had housed refugees since 2011, according to The Local media outlet.

    Reportedly, the arsonist confessed to being suicidal, citing depression from living with other residents and his inability to leave the shelter.

    The court noted that the final decision on his deportation to Syria would be made after the arsonist had served his prison term, the media outlet added.

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