An Australian woman who spent more than three years behind bars in Switzerland has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of her two children in the country’s most notorious custody-free asylum centre.
Key points:A judge in Switzerland sentenced the mother of one of her children to seven-and-a-half years in jail for her role in the deaths of her daughter and another child in a custody-less homeThe Australian woman’s son was sent back to Australia to live with his grandparents in 2016She was deported from Australia in 2018The woman’s mother had been charged with murdering her two daughters in the Swiss asylum centre of Stelzecken-Baucheren in November 2016.
In 2018, the Australian woman was deported to Australia.
She was found guilty in February this year of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in the maximum-security psychiatric facility in Stelzenec, which houses asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Iran.
The mother was released on bail last month after pleading not guilty.
She is the first Australian woman to be sentenced in Switzerland to a jail term for the deaths, according to the Swiss Federal Criminal Registry.
The death of the children in Stelszeckens custody-based facility in November last year sparked international outcry.
In December, a Swiss court acquitted the mother, who is currently in custody, of manslaughter.
The court ruled that there was no evidence to prove the deaths were caused by abuse and neglect.
Swiss authorities have also issued an international arrest warrant for the Australian mother, the countrys top prosecutor said on Friday.
“We are very pleased that the judge has sentenced the Australian to a seven-year prison sentence,” said Federal Prosecutor Christian Schmidt.
“This is the highest sentence that a judge has issued against an Australian in a serious murder case.”
Switzerland is known for its strict immigration rules and a ban on all non-EU citizens entering the country.