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Al fresco sex ‘was epileptic seizure’

A 49-year-old woman found having sex in a public park near Stockholm last summer failed to convince Handen District Court that the incident was the result of an unfortunate accident. According to her version of events, the 29-year-old man had an epileptic seizure and happened to fall on top of her.

This account may have enjoyed more credibility had not the man told police last year that he had become sexually aroused on the evening in question. He admitted to shedding his trousers and engaging in sexual intercourse after the pair had visited a restaurant in Haninge, south of Stockholm.

The copulating couple were caught in the act after a witness alerted police.

Both parties pleaded not guilty to the charge of disorderly conduct, Expressen reports.

In court, the woman stuck to the story that epilepsy had brought them together in Högaland Park. The man however claimed that he was too drunk to remember anything.

The court found the pair guilty as charged and gave each of them a 500 kronor ($70) fine.

POLITICS

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Sweden has extradited a convicted member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) to Turkey as Ankara presses Stockholm for further steps in return for its membership in NATO, state media reported on Saturday.

Sweden extradites suspected PKK terror group member to Turkey

Mahmut Tat, who was sentenced to six years and 10 months in jail for PKK membership in Turkey, fled to Sweden in 2015 but his asylum request was rejected.

Tat arrived in Istanbul on Friday night having been detained by Swedish police, the Anadolu news agency reported.

He was taken by Turkish police soon after arriving at Istanbul airport and referred to court on Saturday, the private NTV broadcaster reported.

Turkey has accused Finland and Sweden in particular of providing a safe haven for outlawed Kurdish groups it deems “terrorists”, and held back on ratifying their NATO bids despite an agreement in Madrid in June.

NATO ambitions

Finland and Sweden dropped decades of military non-alignment and sought to join NATO in May, after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The decision requires a consensus within the US-led defence alliance, but only Turkey and Hungary are yet to ratify their membership.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held trilateral talks with his Swedish and Finnish counterparts on the margins of a NATO meeting in Bucharest this week.

“The statements (coming out of Sweden) are good, the determination is good but we need to see concrete steps,” Cavusoglu said.

Ankara has said it expects Stockholm to take action on issues including the extradition of criminals and freezing of terror assets.

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