Teen boys arrested after filming alleged gang rape

Stockholm police have arrested several teenage boys suspected of gang raping an underage girl and filming the act.

The boys were arrested on Monday and taken in for questioning over the incident.

“A preliminary investigation into aggravated child rape has been launched,” prosecutor Mikael Karlsson told the Expressen newspaper.

Karlsson refused to confirm how many boys were suspected for taking part in the rape, which is believed to have occured in a Stockholm suburb in late February or early March.

He also refrained from divulging the ages of the suspects beyond saying that several were younger than 15-years-old, the age of criminal responsibility in Sweden.

“I can’t say how many people have been questioned. All who have asked for legal representation are younger than 15,” Karlsson told the paper.

According to Expressen, the boys are believed to have filmed the incident.

The recording has since been obtained by police and constitutes the bulk of the evidence gathered against the boys.

Because the matter involves a sex crime with both suspects and a victim under the age of 15, few details have yet to emerge about the case.

According to Expressen, a similar incident took place in 2010 in which a 14-year-old girl was raped by five young perpetrators who also filmed the attack.

The boys were sentenced to youth community service and court ordered care after being convicted of aggravated rape and sexual molestation.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).