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Man convicted of sending revenge porn to ex-girlfriend's family

The man sent a sex tape depicting him and his ex-girlfriend - both Muslims - to her family, putting her at risk of so-called "honour violence".

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A court in Espoo on Wednesday convicted an 18-year-old man of aggravated defamation for sending a sex tape to his ex-girlfriend's family. The court took into consideration the fact that the woman is a Muslim and that the sex tape put her at risk of so-called "honour violence". 

According to the prosecution the man, who at the time of the crime was 17, sent a tape showing him and the woman having sex to her family after their relationship had ended.

The woman said that, following the incident, she became estranged from her family and some friends and that one of her brothers threatened to kill her. She also quit her studies, because other students probed her about the tape at school. As a consequence, she started to have suicidal thoughts.

The man, who is also a Muslim, agreed that spreading the tape made the woman a subject of contempt and disrespect and could have led to violence. He said he regretted distributing the tape.

The man was sentenced to 60 days of probation for aggravated defamation committed as a young person. Included in the sentence were charges for driving drunk and driving without a licence. He was also ordered to pay the victim 3,000 euros in damages.  

The verdict may be appealed.

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