According to Breitbart, a Swedish LGBT activist was convicted earlier this year of sexually assaulting asylum-seeking migrants. Yet, in a controversial move, a judge recently reduced his sentence.
Breitbart revealed on Sunday that Pablo Leiva, 56, received an incredible gift thanks to an appeals court, as they reduced his four-year initial prison sentence down to three years and four months.
The reason for the sentence reduction is what has many angry, as it came after the appeals court took into account the fact that Leiva had been fired from his job with the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Rights (RFSL).
That was despite Leiva having been found guilty of abusing seven male immigrant asylum seekers in 2018 and 2019 during his time with the activist organization. In other words, the court took pity on Leiva for the loss of his job, despite the egregious crimes of which he was convicted.
What’s more, the appeals court also reversed a conviction for his involvement in raping two men, arguing that prosecutors had not proven that the sexual activity was involuntary.
Majeed Alnashi, an attorney for one of the alleged victims, argued that his client’s verbal consent was clearly given under duress.
“Words that are said in despair cannot be interpreted as voluntary in any way,” Alnashi said. “He said something like ‘go ahead do what you want,’ but he said it for the purpose that he had given up, not that it was OK.”
Alnashi was not the only one who took issue with the court’s findings, as Stockholm prosecutor Paulina Pilati also disputed that the men willfully had sex with Leiva.
“They have understood that they have to have sex with him to get help to stay in Sweden. The plaintiffs have not participated voluntarily,” the prosecutor explained.
Breitbart reported that allegations were made by one of the men earlier this spring, after which six other victims chose to come forward.
“They have sought him out for help and advice in their asylum process or in their right to stay in Sweden,” Pilati said at the time. “The key question in the court’s review is whether the men have been in a particularly vulnerable situation, which I think they have been.”
Breitbart noted that Leiva is not the first Swedish LGBT activist to have been convicted of sex crimes, as it was revealed in 2017 that a high-ranking member of Stockholm Pride was found guilty of raping a 13-year-old boy in 2011.