Woman acquitted of killing husband put on trial for sex crimes

A Finnish woman, who was found guilty of murdering her husband but later acquitted, has been charged with 21 counts of sex crimes along with her ex-boyfriend.

Anneli Auer is being held in custody on suspicion of aggravated sexual abuse, aggravated rape and aiding and abetting aggravated rape. The offences are thought to have been committed between 2007 and 2008 and be in relation to a family chat website Auer ran, according to YLE.

Auer became a household name in Finland after being found guilty of murdering her husband, Jukka S Lahti, in 2006, before being acquitted on appeal in 2010. The new charges are not thought to have any relation to the previous overturned conviction.

The trial at Southwest Finland District Court in Turku will be held behind closed doors, as some of the alleged victims are under-age. Proceedings are expected to last several weeks.

Evidence for the prosecution includes more than 3,000 web pages, as well as audio and video recordings. Preliminary hearings were held in Turku this week, with both defendants denying the charges.

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