Greek diplomat fired over 'Swedish women' slur
Published: 16 Apr 2011 08:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 16 Apr 2011 08:59 GMT+02:00
Sweden's TV 4 recently reported about a Swedish woman who accused a Greek man on the island of Samos for rape. A Swedish doctor found signs of injury to her genitals when she returned to Sweden. The Greek man was arrested and later released. The women was then sued for slander.
In response to the situation, news agency TT reported that Jan Tordsson from Växjö sent a protest letter to the Greece embassy in Stockholm. A high diplomat in the embassy responded: “On the contrary my friend, it is you who should be ashamed over Swedish womens' behaviour, on vacation in all parts of the world and with what they do with foreigners in their own country.”
The man told TV 4 that he was “completely shocked. He is insulting half of the Swedish people,” he said.
After news of the letter leaked out, the Greek ambassador to Sweden fired the diplomat. According to the embassy's press secretary, his views and conclusions about Swedish women were not shared by the embassy.
A rumor is circulating in Greece that Scandinavian women can insure themselves against rape, and then report the men to receive money.
The accused Swedish woman has been called to court in Samos in May, but has confirmed that she no plans to attend.