2 Muslim Refugees Arrested in Sweden’s Facebook Rape Case
Two men from Afghanistan, aged 20 and 18, have been remanded in custody by a district court in Uppsala, Sweden, after they were detained during what is suspected to be the gang-rape of a 30-year old woman which was livestreamed on Facebook.
Sweden is accepting more and more refugees from war-torn countries. As time is going, Sweden is becoming an over populated country. It is obviously bad for Sweden, because the country is turning to a critical situation.
Sweden has had the highest number of registered rape offences in Europe by a considerable extent. In 1996, Sweden registered almost three times the average number of rape offences registered in 35 European countries. However, this does not necessarily mean rape is three times as likely to occur as in the rest of Europe, since cross-national comparisons of crime levels based on official crime statistics are problematic, due to a number of factors described below.
Swedish authorities had contacted Facebook and asked for assistance to retrieve the video, prosecutor leading the investigation, Pontus Melander, told Sweden’s TT news agency.
“Facebook has said that they want to cooperate, but they are based in the US so we need international legal aid, which I have requested,” he told the agency on Wednesday, as quoted by the Local.
Investigators got hold of some still images and certain footage, but are still working to find the particular video sequence allegedly showing the rape, Uppsala’s Deputy Chief Prosecutor Magnus Berggren told the Local.
“A film would of course have been central evidence,” he said, adding that “there is also other evidence.” Authorities have appealed for anyone in possession of the video to get in touch with them and are also “questioning people who have at least seen parts of the live streaming on Facebook.”
Meanwhile, the men deny the accusations, with their lawyers apparently saying there is not enough “strong evidence” to prove otherwise. One of the suspects “has given in my opinion a perfectly coherent story about what happened,” a lawyer for one of the Afghans has said, adding that he “cannot go into details.”
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