December 3, 2018 / 1:07 PM / 6 months ago

Swedish court upholds rape verdict for man in Nobel scandal

STOCKHOLM, Dec 3 (Reuters) - A Swedish appeals court on Monday upheld a guilty verdict in a rape case against Jean-Claude Arnault, the man at the centre of a scandal that forced the Swedish Academy to postpone the 2018 Nobel literature prize.

The court also found him guilty of a second rape and increased his prison sentence by six months to 2-1/2 years in prison.

Arnault is married to Academy member Katarina Frostenson and the accusations against him have sparked a bitter feud among its members. The Academy picks winners for the Nobel literature prize.

Reporting by Stockholm Newsroom; Editing by Simon Johnson

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