Wheel­chair-bound woman ‘gang-raped by five mi­grants at asy­lum cen­tre after ask­ing to use toi­let’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A wheel­chair-bound woman claims she was gang-raped by a group of mi­grants at an asy­lum cen­tre after ask­ing to use their toi­let.

The woman, in her 30s, was on the is­land of Got­land, just off the coast of Swe­den, and was shar­ing a taxi home with one of the ac­cused men from a restau­rant when she needed to use the toi­let.

Its is claimed she was in­vited to use the man’s toi­let at an asy­lum seeker cen­tre in the me­dieval city of Visby but when she went in, the man al­legedly fol­lowed.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports in Swe­den the man be­gan as­sault­ing the woman be­fore four other men joined in.

Speak­ing to Swedish news­pa­per Afton­bladet, the woman’s lawyer said: “Where they came from we don’t know. This was go­ing on for a cou­ple of hours.

“She got par­a­lyzed in this sit­u­a­tion and was not able to bring her­self to re­sist phys­i­cally, other than say­ing no.”

The al­leged at­tack sparked anger in the tiny city and Swe­den was forced to draft in ex­tra po­lice of­fi­cers to pa­trol the area from Stock­holm. Tor­b­jörn Nils­son, the head of Got­land po­lice, said: “It is to make sure that we can han­dle our fun­da­men­tal mis­sion as po­lice on Got­land and to en­able us to act on the in­ci­dents of the past few days.

“You have to dis­tin­guish be­tween these past week­ends and what it is like on Got­land in gen­eral.

“Got­land is safe, com­pared to other places, and there are few crimes com­pared to the rest of the coun­try. But the way peo­ple have now acted is un­prece­dented.”

A num­ber of protests also burst out after the five men were re­leased last Wed­nes­day when a prose­cu­tor said there was not enough ev­i­dence to ask courts to re­mand them in cus­tody.

The cen­tre was later at­tacked in a sus­tained as­sault, as demon­stra­tors threw rocks and stones at the mi­grant fa­cil­ity.

The five men, in their twen­ties, are still un­der­stood to be part of an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.

Pho­to­graph: AP

Au­tumn’s col­ors peak on hard­wood trees in a ceme­tery near the Con­gre­ga­tional Church in Cum­ber­land, Maine

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