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Man jailed for raping sleeping man

A man has been jailed for two years by a court in Karlstad in central Sweden for raping a male acquaintance in his sleep.

The incident occurred last winter at an apartment in the Värmland town, according to a report in the local Nya Wermlands-Tidningen daily.

The police received a call from a man who reported that he had been awoken to find himself sexually assaulted by an acquaintance.

The police arrived at the apartment to find the alleged assailant, a man in his sixties, still at the location.

The man was arrested and remanded into custody the same evening.

The man was on Friday sentenced to two years imprisonment and ordered to pay damages of 87,000 kronor ($13,600) to his victim.

Throughout the course of the trial the man maintained his innocence.

According to the court ruling, the man’s actions constituted the legal definition of rape and he was convicted on the more serious charge.

The victim was reported to be drunk at the time of the incident.

The Värmland district court considered the man to have been in a condition of helplessness and that his sexual integrity had been violated.

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Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

An erroneous press release published on Friday indicating that Swedish firm Fingerprint Cards had been acquired by Samsung led to a sharp rise in the firm's stock and a criminal investigation once the mistake had been discovered.

Bluff bid for Swedish firm sparks market turmoil

“An investigation has shown that the company followed its routines and was subjected to a deliberate fraud attempt,” business wire service Cision, the firm responsible for publishing the press release, said in a statement on Friday.

Fingerprint Cards, a Gothenburg-based biometric technology firm, issued a denial on its homepage on Friday that it had been acquired by the Korean electronics giant.

“The news in today’s media that Fingerprint Cards AB has been acquired by Samsung is incorrect… What has happened will be reported to the police and to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority,” the firm wrote.

The matter is now being handled by the Swedish Economic Crimes Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten) which has opened a preliminary investigation into aggravated fraud.

Trading in the company’s stock was halted as soon as the abnormal share fluctuations were detected on Friday morning and all trades completed between 10.17am and 10.34 have been nullified.

Fingerprint Cards’ stock has been one of the Stockholm exchange’s strongest performers since the turn of the year, having climbed over 320 percent since January 1st.

The latest Apple Iphone incorporates the firm’s fingerprint sensor.

All trades from 10.17am have also been nullified in sector colleague Precise Biometrics, which also climbed steeply on Friday.

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