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Supreme Court of Iceland Reverses Rape Verdict

The Supreme Court of Iceland reversed a controversial verdict by Reykjavík District Court from July 5, 2007, yesterday, in which a young man was found not guilty of raping a woman in the public restroom of Saga Hotel in Reykjavík on March 17, 2007.

In the eyes of the Reykjavík District Court, it has been proven that the man and woman had had sexual intercourse in the restroom, but the two people reported drastically different accounts of what had happened. The man said the woman had been willing, while she claimed he had forced her to have sex with him, ruv.is reports.

The woman gave vivid descriptions of the man’s violent treatment of her, but the Reykjavík District Court cast doubt on whether his actions could be defined as violence and thus acquitted him of all charges, despite believing the woman’s testimony that the sexual intercourse had been against her will.

The Supreme Court found the District Court’s verdict unprofessional and thus reversed it yesterday and sent the case back to Reykjavík District Court.

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