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Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden

A Swedish man has found Facebook fame after pictures of a giant pirate ship he built for his children when he was on sick leave from work went viral on Friday.

Ahoy! Swede builds giant pirate ship in his garden
This picture of the boat has more than 14,700 likes on Facebook. Photo: Private

When Niklas Andersson from Hedemora in central Sweden went home ill early from work a few weeks ago he quickly became bored.

What did he do? Read a book? Watch television? Potter around on his laptop?

No, none of the above. He built a giant pirate ship for his children.

“At first I thought I might build a skiff (a small rowing boat) but then I though that I might build a ship,” he told Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet.

“It took probably three weeks in total, although I didn’t work on it every day.”

Andersson, a construction worker, used old wood from the demolition of an old part of his house. He didn’t use sophisticated tools either.

“I had a hacksaw, hammer and some nails. Building it was a bit like therapy.”

When it was finished, his sister Josefin asked Niklas if she could post some images of the ship on the Facebook group “Upcycle More”, on which users post pictures of house projects built using old material.

By Friday afternoon the picture had logged more than 14,700 likes.

Niklas told The Local on Friday afternoon that he had no more plans for extravagant maritime-themed building projects.

“The kids love to play in it but I have no plans for anything apart from ordinary house renovation,” he said.

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Swedish student to face trial after anti-deportation protest that stopped flight

The Swedish student who livestreamed her onboard protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker will go on trial on Monday.

Swedish student to face trial after anti-deportation protest that stopped flight
Elin Ersson. File photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/TT

Elin Ersson will appear at Gothenburg District Court, charged with violating Sweden’s Aviation Act.

Ersson protested in July last year against the Swedish government's policy of deporting some rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan by boarding an Istanbul-bound flight that carried an Afghan man who was to be returned home after being denied asylum.

With a ticket for the flight that was purchased by the activist group 'Sittstrejken i Göteborg', the activist boarded the aircraft and then refused to sit down until the Afghan man was let off. Flights are not allowed to take off until all passengers are safely in their seats.

Ersson livestreamed her protest on Facebook, where it was viewed over five million times.

Eventually, Ersson was told that the man would be let off the plane and she was also removed by airport security.

According to the prosecutor in the trial, which will take place Monday, Ersson acknowledges her actions in the incident but said her objections were based on her morals and argues that she did not act illegally as the plane was not in the air at the time of her protest.

“I believe that she is guilty of a crime which I can prove and which she will not admit. The court will therefore determine this,” prosecutor James von Reis told TT when charges were brought against the student.

In an interview with the news agency in July last year, Ersson was asked how she sees the view that her actions can be considered criminal.

“The key issue for me is that the man who was to be deported is human and deserves to live. In Sweden we do not have the death penalty, but deportation to a country which is at war can mean death,” she said.

The trial is expected to be completed within one day and Ersson’s defence has sent supplementary evidence to the court.

That consists of a legal statement by Dennis Martinsson, a lawyer in criminal law at Stockholm University. In the 13-page statement, Martinsson argues that the Aviation Act is phrased in a way which makes it questionable whether it is applicable to what Ersson did.

According to the legal expert, the relevant paragraph only applies to requests made by the aircraft’s commanding officer. Investigation of the incident found that Ersson was instructed to take her seat by “cabin crew on board”.

Further, the law states that criminal liability applies to passengers who do not comply with instructions “during a flight”, a description which Martinsson argues cannot be applied to an aircraft on the ground waiting to depart.

There is no precedent in interpretation of the law, he also writes according to TT’s summary.

The extent to which those arguments will affect the outcome of Monday’s case remains to be seen.

The penalty for violation of the Aviation Act is a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of six months.

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