A prisoner between two security guards.
The appeal of Jean-Claude Arnault's conviction started in November. Credit: Jonas Ekströmer / TT

Longer sentence for Academy–linked man convicted of rape

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The man at the centre of scandals that have delayed the Nobel Literature prize has been found guilty of two rapes, after an appeal court decision.

Jean-Claude Arnault, also known as the "culture profile" was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Monday, announced Lars Dirk, of the Svea court of appeal. The perpetrator, who had close ties to the Swedish Academy, which chooses the Nobel Literature Prize, had been held in custody during the trial and appeal.

After a 2017 investigation by newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported on 18 allegations of sexual assault against the man, the Swedish Academy split over how to deal with the situation. An external investigation paid for by the Academy also discovered that Jean-Claude Arnault's wife, an Academy member, had broken the group's financial rules to fund an elite cultural forum that was led by the couple.

The Nobel Foundation has demanded that the Academy needs to be reformed before it can be allowed to award the literature prize again. They hope to award two literature prizes in 2019.

The so-called culture profile's lawyer says his client will be applying to appeal to the Supreme Court.

 

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