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Top prosecutor nabbed in prostitution sting

Police in Stockholm were surprised on Monday to find that a man they had arrested for buying sex from a prostitute was the duty prosecutor to whom they were obliged to report the crime.

Top prosecutor nabbed in prostitution sting

The chief prosecutor spent Monday evening with a female prostitute in a central Stockholm hotel. A police squad, however, had been tipped off and was waiting for him in the staircase outside the room.

Officers were surprised to learn of the man’s status while arresting him, as he was the prosecutor on duty to whom they should report the crime.

The man paid 1,500 kronor ($232) for the sex, according to the Expressen newspaper.

He had allegedly found the escort online, when “surfing around on his iPhone” during a train trip, during which he consumed half a bottle of wine and a beer.

“And then I did what I am suspected of – I went out into the staircase and the police arrested me there,” the prosecutor told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

He has confessed to the crime, and his family has been notified.

“My wife will leave me and my children think I have behaved like a pig. Even my friends think the same,” he told Expressen.

The man told Aftonbladet that in his experience as a prosecutor, he knew that the “stupidest thing” he could do was to lie.

“I have done what I’ve done, I’m standing with my pants down. The worst is what I have done to my family and friends,” he said.

The arrested man explained that another prosecutor would take care of the case, and that he was unaware of his punishment, or when it would likely be determined.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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