Swedish union leaders suspected of gang rape

Several union leaders are suspected of having raped a female colleague at a conference in Sandviken in central Sweden in April, according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

“I can confirm that there is an ongoing investigation where several people are suspected of rape,” prosecutor Krister Frykman told the newspaper.

The alleged incident occurred at a conference of Unionen delegates at the Högbo hotel in Sandviken on April 18-19th.

The union has confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation involving several of their elected representatives, saying that the suspects are from the delegation from Dalarna.

The union has not however initiated any disciplinary measures against the men and the prosecutor has stated that none of the men have been informed formally of the allegations against them.

“We take this matter seriously but it is the job of the police to investigate what has happened,” said Leif Nickelgård at Unionen to DN.

Nickelgård told the newspaper that the organisation is seeking to learn from the incident and review its routines.

The conference in Sandviken was attended by some 200 delegates from the counties of Dalarna, Gävleborg and Uppland. The Dalarna delegation numbered 70 people.

Unionen is a white-collar trade union, formed on January 1st 2008. It is the second biggest trade union in Sweden with around 500,000 members.

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