Swedish restaurateur charged with antilesbian discrimination

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Originally published on Advocate.com November 15 2003 12:00 AM ET

A Stockholm restaurant owner who kicked out a lesbian couple after he saw them kissing was charged with discrimination and could face as long as a year in prison, a prosecutor said Friday. Aziz Cakir told Anna Fernstroem and Susanne Gustavsson to leave his restaurant July 4 because they are lesbian, according to charges filed Thursday with the Stockholm District Court. Calls to Cakir's restaurant were referred to a law firm, which didn't immediately return calls for comment. Prosecutor Tora Holst said Cakir told police he didn't accept anybody "making out" in his restaurant regardless of their sexual orientation. But Holst said she believed the women were targeted because they were lesbian. If convicted, Cakir could face fines or up to a year in prison, she said.