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The video was shot on a phone camera and reportedly shows the assailants laughing, singing and dancing around their victim, who has passed out after drinking too much alcohol. The men pulled the girl’s pants down then groped and raped her, police told the Belgian media.
Police officials in Ostend, Belgium’s largest coastal city, discovered the evidence of the sex crime as they were investigating a 14-year-old student of the Ostend Technical Institute, who had been seen showing his friends a photo of himself wearing military garb and holding a sub-machine gun. The gang rape video was found on the boy’s phone.
Of the seven people arrested in connection with the gang rape, two are Belgium nationals and five are Iraqi immigrants. The oldest suspect is 25 years old.
The 17-year-old victim was identified and has been found. She said she had attended a party with her boyfriend and became unconscious after drinking too much alcohol. After waking up, she called a taxi and went home. She said she didn’t remember what had happen to her.
Several of the suspects showed little remorse for the incident, which happened in November, and didn’t even believe it was a crime at all, the police said.
“She has nothing to complain about. Women must obey men,” one of them reportedly told the police.
Isn't Islam great? No woman anywhere in Europe is safe to walk down the street anymore.
The attitude sparked outrage among Belgians.
“It is clear that some newcomers have problematic beliefs about relations between men and women,” commented Ostend Mayor Johan Vande Lanotte. “When they have served their sentences, they must leave the country.”
Theo Francken, Belgium's minister for asylum and immigration, made a similar statement: “Rapists won't be given asylum. They will be sent back to Iraq if they are found guilty.”
Attitudes are a little different in Austria:
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An 18-year-old asylum seeker who raped a 72-year-old pensioner will not be deported from Austria to Afghanistan after serving his 20-month prison sentence.
The Afghan asylum seeker, identified as Wahab M., was found guilty of raping an elderly woman by the Regional Court on Wednesday, Austrian press reported. He was sent to jail and issued a €5,000 fine.
The maximum penalty would have been five years behind bars, according to Austria’s Kurier newspaper, but the judges considered several mitigating factors such as his being underage (the attacker was 17 at the time of the incident), his confession and the absence of a criminal record.
The absence of a criminal record? How long has he been in Austria, 2 months. He may not have had a criminal record in his home country because raping old women, especially a white, old woman, may not be considered a crime worth prosecuting.
After serving his sentence, the refugee will remain in Austria as he received a short term in jail (less than three years).
In the meantime, the newspaper revealed new details of the case. The 72-year-old woman was identified as Christina F., from the town of Traiskirchen, in eastern Austria. Traiskirchen currently has one of the biggest refugee centers in Austria. Christina’s daughter Sylvia was reportedly working with asylum seekers.
The incident took place on September 1, 2015, local media reported, but police didn’t reveal it at the time because of the sensitivity of the case.
"It was a really hot day and I decided to take my dog for a walk along the Schwechat River [in Traiskirchen] , and saw two young men swimming there,” the old lady recalled, as cited by Kurier newspaper.
One of the young men reached out his hand to her and asked her to help him onto the bank, she said, adding that she helped him without any suspicion.
That was her big mistake. Once he touched her with his hand, she was his - he owned her, and could legally (under the Quran) do whatever he wished with her. The directive came right from the mouth of Mohammed. And there was no age exemption.
FROM THE QURAN - 4:24
"And all married women are forbidden unto you save those captives whom your right hand possess. It is a decree of Allah for you.
“The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6)
"Suddenly, I felt a blow from behind,” Christina said, adding that she was grabbed and pushed to the ground. The man put his hand over her mouth and tore off her clothing.
The victim, who weighed only 48 kilograms, was unable to fend off the attacker while her 13-year-old dog “was sadly not up to protecting his mistress from the attack," a friend of the woman, Hans Vesely, 72, later said.
After the attack, she managed to get home. Later she was found by her friend whom she told what had happened after he saw the bruises on her body.
"She is not the same woman anymore. She doesn't trust being left on her own and does not leave home, and she's become very weak since the incident," Vesely said.
Initially the authorities were not able to find the perpetrator. He was caught after committing a petty crime which required his DNA sample. This matched the one found on the old lady and authorities arrested the refugee.
First he denied the accusations, saying he was drunk and didn’t have a clue what exactly happened. His friend also said he saw nothing. Eventually Wahab M. admitted the rape, following the disclosure of DNA evidence.
Austrian authorities deported at least 3,278 asylum seekers in 2015, interior ministry estimates say. In most cases, they were deported because their applications were rejected and only a few of them because of criminal convictions.