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Swede fined for 'sex tweeting' to minister

Swede fined for 'sex tweeting' to minister

Published: 15 Feb 2012 10:20 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Feb 2012 10:20 GMT+01:00

A man in Stockholm has been charged with sexually harassing Sweden's minister for enterprise and Center Party head Annie Lööf, through the social networking site Twitter.

The 50-year-old man has confessed that he wrote the offensive tweets aimed at the minister, which were posted at the end of 2011.

“She became upset when she heard of what was written,” said prosecutor Ronnie Jacobsson to the Metro newspaper.

According to prosecutor, the online messages were sexually suggestive and contained sex-related words aimed at the politician.

The criminal tweets were quickly ‘snapped up’ by the Swedish security service, Säpo, according to Metro. Säpo then ensured the tweeter responsible for the messages was reported to police for sexual harassment.

The man was issued a fine of 2,000 kronor ($300) for his tweeting, a figure which the prosecutor considered worth justifying.

“The fines may seem low, but there are other kinds of sexual harassment that are considered to be more serious,” said Jacobsson.

The center party did not comment to the paper on the question of Lööf’s safety.

Meanwhile, Lööf has continued to tweet voraciously throughout the ordeal, and her account (@annieloof) has amassed nearly ten thousand followers.

Annie Lööf was appointed new Center Party leader in September 2011, and was shortly after made minister for enterprise.

The Local/og (news@thelocal.se)

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11:29 February 15, 2012 by HYBRED
The 2000kr could have been better spent on a phone sex line. At least they would talk nice back to you. Umm so I am told.
12:02 February 15, 2012 by Abe L
So did he get fined for 'sex tweeting' or for 'sex tweeting to a government representative" ? I hardly find this sexual harassment.
14:29 February 15, 2012 by grov_kvinnofridskrankning
I would like to give her some of my sch-long for 2000 kronor
15:16 February 15, 2012 by Birbun
Annie Lööf is hot.

A little beaver face but stil hot.
15:36 February 15, 2012 by Svensksmith
She has a little what???
21:34 February 15, 2012 by swedejane
Good to know there's no freedom of speech here. She would never last as a politician in the US or the UK.
22:01 February 15, 2012 by SimonDMontfort
Oh I don't know...read somewhere that Ms Lööf's 'role model' was Margaret Thatcher
03:38 February 16, 2012 by Trenatos
Freedom of speech doesn't mean freedom to harrass.

Also note that she was not the one who reported it, SÄPO reported the incident.
03:48 February 16, 2012 by VicTaulic
He probably thought he was tweeting to a sex minister.
22:40 February 18, 2012 by sureiam
Is she a lesbian? What´s wrong with "sex" or the guy is too old foe her?
21:47 February 22, 2012 by muscle
@Trenatos

This is a very difficult thing to say. If someone, in germany or other european countries stand up in the crowd and start praising the strong points of hitler, I am pretty much sure he will arrested or fined. So the term disappears right that very moment when he is fined for his act
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