Five Afghan teenagers living in Sweden and convicted of gang-raping a 15-year-old boy will be allowed to remain in the country, a Swedish court has determined.
The October 24th assault took place in a wooded area outside Uppsala, the fourth largest city of Sweden, located in the southeasterly part of the country. One attacker filmed parts of the attack, then posted the footage on social media.
The victim, also from Afghanistan, went to police after the attack, leading to the detainment of the five defendants on charges of aggravated child rape.
Daily Mail reports that all five attackers have denied the accusations, with one saying he wasn’t present. Two others said they did not remember what they’d done, while the final pair made additional excuses for the incident.
Court documents state the convicted adolescents, aged 16 and 17, inflicted beatings on their victim’s head and body before grabbing him, covering his mouth, and dragging him into the woods. There, they carried out serious sexual assaults on the young man.
But, despite earnest requests made by prosecutors, the convicted teens will not face deportation, due to their age and the dangers they would face in returning to their home country of Afghanistan.
The court said the youths would be “hit very hard” by deportation because of security risks in their country.
Instead, four of the defendants were sentenced to jail terms of 15 months while the fifth defendant was sentenced to only 13 months.
All arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.
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