A Stockholm court on Tuesday sentenced three young men to prison for gang-raping a Swedish woman and live streaming the attack to a closed Facebook group.
Two migrants from Afghanistan, Reza Mohammed Ahmadi, 21, and Maysam Afshar, 18, have reportedly been sentenced to prison for the three-hour long gang rape of a woman that was broadcast on Facebook Live.
Ahmadi was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for rape and accessory to rape, while Maysam Afshar was sentenced to only one year in prison because he was a minor at the time of the crime.
The two Afghan citizens had been granted residency in Sweden and were arrested in the town of Uppsala on January 22 after members of a closed Facebook group saw the attack and tipped off police, who were then able to interrupt the broadcast.
Swedish citizen Emil Khodagholi, 21, who was responsible for posting the rape on Facebook and failing to report it, was sentenced to six months in prison for aggravated defamation. He argued that he was not the only one to film the acts, and claimed he was unaware the victim did not want the images to be made public.
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According to Swedish prosecutors, Khodagholi urged his friends, “laughed, and, in close proximity, filmed the incident with his mobile phone and posted it live, or very shortly after the rape, on Facebook.”
All three men have denied committing any crime. Ahmadi and Afshar admitted to having sex with the woman but stated it was consensual.
Judge Nils Palbrandt claimed the victim, a woman in her 30s, was under the influence of narcotics and alcohol and was, therefore, unable to give her consent to the sexual act. “It’s not possible for a person in such a situation to consent (to sex),” said Palbrandt. The men were also determined to be under the influence of alcohol during the attack.
The court stated that the film had garnered widespread attention in Sweden and internationally.
In addition to their prison sentencings, all three men have been ordered to pay damages of $33,890 to the victim.
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