A Swedish court has maintained the conviction for a violation and has added another guilty verdict for another violation to the French playwright Jean-Claude Arnault, the protagonist of the sexual scandal that caused that this year the concession of the Nobel prize of Literature was suspended.
In October, a lower court found Arnoult, who is married to Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson, guilty of a crime of rape but acquitted him in another case for sexual assault.
Now, an appellate court has convicted her of the two violations in a unanimous decision and has increased her prison term by another six months, to leave her in two and a half years in jail. Arnault has denied the charges against him.
"The testimonies are credible and the evidence is sufficient for a guilty verdict," the court said in a statement. The accusations against him provoked a wide controversy among the members of the Academy of Sweden, which elects Winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, and generated the biggest crisis since this institution was founded by King Gustavo III more than 200 years ago.
The Nobel Foundation, which controls the endowment of the prize donated by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of the dynamite, has warned that it could withdraw the Swedish Academy as the institution that chooses the Nobel winners if it does not face changes in response to this scandal .