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Details: Four convicted in gang rape case, jailed

One man was jailed for rape and another three were convicted of holding a woman against her will in a case concluded today after having been heard behind closed doors. 

Muhammed Ali Hasan, 31, was jailed for 11 years on conviction of rape, while Abubaker Ahmed Abdilrahman, 22  was jailed for five years and Omar Osman, 31 and Otman Hasan, 31, for four years each for holding the victim, a Maltese woman, against her will. All are Somali except Hasan, who is Sudanese.

The accused had all served five years seven months in preventive custody.

CASE DETAILS REVEALED

Details of the case emerged today with the publication of the Court judgement.

The court heard how the victim had met a friend known as Hakin  in Valletta in the early afternoon .

At one time she complained of toothache and they went to Marsa open centre for some pills.

They then went to a nearby bar for some dancing, with the woman said to have been dancing provocatively.

At 2 a.m. the bar was closed. The woman could not go home as she had no car and no money FOR A TAXI.

She therefore went with Hakm to his room and slept on his bed. He prepared to sleep on the floor.

Hakim was then approached by Mr Abdilrahman who was holding a bottle of wine, Mr Hasan who was holding a knife and another man who has remained unidentified.

Mr Abdilrahman told Hakim that once he was ready from her he could have his turn but Hakim told him to leave her alone as she was not a prostitute and was a friend of his.

Hakim became so scared of the way they were acting that he decided to leave the scene and on returning found them pulling her out of the room and trying to take her away.

At that point he ran to get the soldier at the main gate and on returning they found Mr Hasan making sexual advancements on her and on realising that the Hakim and the soldier were there, ran away leaving behind his white shirt.

In her evidence in court, the victim said that although she was drunk, she was so shocked at what was happening to her that she did not look at the faces of the people raping her.

In his testimony, Mr Osman,  the only one the accused to testify, denied that he had raped her or was in fact involved and said that he only tried to stop the men from hurting her because he was a friend of hers.

In his judgement, the judge said that there was direct evidence linking only Mr Hasan to the rape after his shirt was found stained with her blood and his semen on it.

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