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A 21-year-old woman from Gothenburg in western Sweden who had accused her brother of threatening to take her life in an "honour killing", retracted her allegations on the opening day of the trial on Monday.

"Families often put a lot of pressures on these girls. They promise the world to them. Let's just hope it is true this time," said prosecutor Helena Treiberg Claesson to local paper Göteborgs-Posten (GP).

According to Treiberg Claesson, it is not uncommon that girls withdraw allegations against family members in cases such as this, but she stressed that it isn't possible for them to drop the charges.

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