A court in Sweden has convicted two Syrian brothers in a savage attack on a train conductor, but neither will go to prison thanks to lenient sentencing, according to reports.
Mohammed Alsamsam, 21, and his 18-year-old brother, Hamza, both citizens of Syria, were found guilty of assaulting Mattias Nasser during an incident in November.
Nasser encountered Hamza aboard a train in Skåne County. The young man was reportedly speaking loudly on his cell phone in a designated quiet compartment, and Nasser asked him to lower his voice or exit the car.
"After some protests, the loud passenger finally agreed to leave the carriage, but instead called his big brother who was sitting in another carriage. With his older brother in place, the younger of the brothers told Mattias that he had no right to tell him what to do. Then he hit Mattias in the face. His older brother followed up by kicking Mattias in the stomach," Sam Nytt reports.
The two men continued kicking and punching Nasser until the train stopped and they fled.
Nasser suffered multiple facial fractures and broken teeth and was out of work for weeks.
Swedish police arrested the Alsamsam brothers who claimed Nasser had said "racist things in Arabic" to them and tried to strangle Hamza, but surveillance footage and eyewitness accounts refuted their accusations.
The elder brother was giving 100 hours of community service, while Hamza, who has a prior criminal conviction in Sweden, was sentenced to 'youth care.'
Nasser says he is shocked at the soft sentences.
"They have received far too much penalty reduction considering the injuries they caused me," he said.
"The verdict has made me feel worse again. It's more to their advantage than mine."
"We who work in the profession are grateful that you raise the issue. There has been a lot of problems in public transport. Not just violence - drug sales have increased enormously. Customers stand on the platform and the dealers go around and sell on the train," he said.
"Not many people know about it. We who work with this see what happens, but it is never talked about."
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