Number of gay hate-crimes reported in Sweden rises

The number of hate-crimes against gay people recorded in Sweden in recent years has increased, but only a few prosecutions have been brought, according to a new study.

It also says that the cases that do get to court are often considered by judges not to be hate-crimes.

In 2004, 614 homophobic hate crimes were reported to the police in Sweden, more than double the amount recorded the year before. Reseachers say only 10 per cent of claims of assault, unlawlful threats and sexual assault led to prosecutions.

Most attacks are said to happen in the street, with the majority of both the victims and offenders being men.