‘Facebook rape video’ trial begins in Uppsala
The men were arrested in January after police were alerted to a suspected ongoing sexual assault by witnesses, who reported seeing it live in a closed Facebook group.
Two of the men, a 20-year-old Afghan national and an 18-year-old also from Afghanistan, are charged with rape. The third man, a 24-year-old Swedish citizen, is charged with aiding alternatively failing to reveal rape. He is also charged with defamation, over the filming and live-streaming of the incident.
All three deny the charges. The two younger suspects admit having sex with the woman, who is in her thirties, but deny raping her.
“He admits that there has been sexual contact between him and the plaintiff. However, it happened an hour before this Facebook film. So it was a completely different scenario,” said the 21-year-old’s lawyer Stefan Wallin to reporters gathered outside the courtroom before the trial started.