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Swedish woman charged for Austria ski 'accident'

Clara Guibourg · 17 Dec 2011, 13:47

Published: 17 Dec 2011 13:47 GMT+01:00

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According to the Swedish woman, however, the allegations are “absurd”.

The incident occurred in the Austrian alps, reported the local newspaper Smålandsposten.

The woman, from Växjö in south central Sweden, was getting off a ski lift where she was sitting next to another woman whom she didn’t know.

"Her ski pole got stuck in my boot. I was forced to pull myself free, and then she fell towards a lift pillar," explained the accused woman to the newspaper.

According to Austrian prosecutor, however, the Växjö woman pushed the other skier, causing serious damage to her ligaments.

The Swedish woman disagrees with the accusations, however, claiming the injured woman was an inexperienced skier who was noticeably frightened in the lift.

"It was just an accident. My husband was sitting in the chairlift behind us, and saw how she got stuck in me. If I had done anything wrong, obviously I would've stood for it, but now everything just feels completely absurd," she said.

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The Växjö woman has no plans on showing up at the trial in Austria, which is due to start in a month.

Clara Guibourg (clarabara@hotmail.com)

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Your comments about this article

16:28 December 17, 2011 by byke
I wonder if the Austrians will put out an international arrest warrant?
16:38 December 17, 2011 by scubadoc
This woman needs to be extradited! Issue a EAW (European Arrest warrant)
17:05 December 17, 2011 by spo10
Maybe she should have sat beside her husband.
20:16 December 17, 2011 by tgolan
EAW (European Arrest warrant) and the international arrest warrant are abusive and let governments use fascist methods to oppress people
00:57 December 18, 2011 by jvtx3232
You know what they always say:

"Don't murder people when you go skiing!"
12:03 December 18, 2011 by seekingthetruth
Austrians are bad people. From personal experience.
15:19 December 18, 2011 by flintis
Mmmmmmm!! didn't Adolf come from Austria??
16:44 December 18, 2011 by hilt_m
and arnold
18:29 December 19, 2011 by Vill
I always lower the bar or keep one arm firmly rested over the seatback. I also try not to pi*s off the person sitting next to me.
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