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On Sunday 13 November 2016, two women were given a ride home by two men, previously unknown to them, whom they had met at a party in Borlange, Sweden. The last bus had left and the women lived in another city. During the trip, the men made advances towards the women, which made one leave the car – the second woman was subsequently raped.

A few minutes after her friend left the car, the woman felt unwell. As she would say in a police interview:

Something happened to my body.”

Suspecting she had been drugged, she tried to secretly alert emergency services by calling 112, the emergency number. For fear of the two men in the front seats, she didn’t dare speak out loudly. The attempt failed, and she fell into a stupor. When she came to, she found the men had not driven her to her hometown, but she had ended up in an apartment she did not recognise and this made her “really scared.

In the apartment, one man held her down, while the other took off her clothes. She says she screamed for them to stop, and that she didn’t want this. After taking off her clothes, one man raped her, while the other held her by the throat, making it hard for her to breath. She was crying and tried to kick them, while screaming “no“, but the men just laughed, she said during her interview. The next morning, one of them drove her home. She told her mother what had happened to her and her mother alerted the police. The woman still feels ill and suffers from anxiety and nightmares because of the attack.

The next morning, one of them drove her home. She told her mother what had happened to her and her mother alerted the police. The woman still feels ill and suffers from anxiety and nightmares because of the attack.

When they were arrested the Thursday after the attack, the men claimed the woman voluntarily had sex with both of them. A version of events the Falu District Court found hard to believe: it consequently sentenced the men to six years in prison for kidnapping, rape, and minor drugs offences in March.

However, holding that one man had strong family ties in Sweden, and that the other’s home country was too dangerous, none were sentenced to extradition.

A higher court, the Svea Court of Appeal, has now changed that. Both are to serve prison sentences of five years, but are then to be extradited and banned from entering Sweden for ten years.

The defense counsel for one of the men, Martin Karlsson, now claims that the convicted rapist is very disappointed by the verdict:

He is sad that the Court of Appeal holds him responsible, but also that he was sentenced to be expelled from Sweden. It is very difficult for him to hear this, and we will discuss whether we will appeal the decision, but in my view, this is a clear deviation from past practice. There is reason to believe that an appeal will be successful, at least with regard to the extradition.