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Controversial rape case attracts intense interest

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12:42 CEST+02:00
A controversial rape case has reached the Svea Court of Appeal in Stockholm, amid intense media and public interest. Two men found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old girl in the original trial are to have their acquittals tested by the appeal court.

A group of activists drawn from the Left Party and women's shelters gathered outside the court to show support for the woman, who says she was raped violently by the men.

Both men are well-known on the Stockholm party circuit. They admit having sex with the woman, but claim it was consensual and deny using threats or violence.

At the start of proceedings the woman was seen crying in court. Prosecutor Anita Kjellén told the court that the Stockholm District Court's acquittal should be overturned. The men should be convicted of rape, she said.

A lawyer representing one of the men said his client and the woman had had sex numerous times. The sex was characterized as 'tough' and containing 'elements of violence'. The man and woman had also frequently used 'tough language' with each other, he said.

The hearing is being held in a secure courtroom after threats were made against the two defendants.

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