Sweden must pay a total of SEK 350,000 in damages and legal fees to the victim, now 25. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Court: Sweden failed to protect girl secretly filmed in the shower

A European court ruled that Sweden failed to protect the rights of a 14-year-old girl after her step-father secretly filmed her taking a shower, news agency TT reports.

The European Court of Human Rights announced on Tuesday that the secret filming had  violated the girl's right to privacy and ordered Sweden to pay a total of SEK 350,000 in damages and legal fees to the victim.

"This means a lot, now I can move on in life," the victim, now 25, told TT.

In September 2002, the girl discovered her step-father had hidden a video camera in a laundry basket in the bathroom. Prosecutors initially indicted the stepfather for sexual molestation though he was later acquitted on an appeal.

Judges decided 16-to-1 that Sweden failed to lived up to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states that everyone "has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence."

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