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Suspects convicted in controversial rape case

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11:10 CEST+02:00
The two men at the centre of a highly controversial rape case have been found guilty by Svea Court of Appeal. Both men were cleared in the original trial of raping a 19-year-old girl but subsequently had their acquittals tested by the appeal court.

The appeal court agreed with the prosecutor's assessment that the defendants had used violence and threats to force the woman to have sex with them.

"For this reason, the Court of Appeal has rejected the District Court's verdict and sentenced the two defendents to four years' in prison," the court said in a statement.

The appeal court also ordered the men to pay compensation to the victim.

Both men are well-known on the Stockholm party circuit. In the September appeal court hearing, they admitted having sex with the woman but claimed it was consensual and denied 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 was held in a secure courtroom after threats were made against the two defendants.

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