Two Muslim immigrants from Afghanistan are charged with gang-raping a drunk woman—as their friend livestreamed it on Facebook.
Their victim was identified only as a Swedish woman in her 30s, who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs—and, thus, “particularly vulnerable,” under Swedish law. Her name has not been released.
The names of the men involved have not been released either. The two men suspected of rape have described as Afghan citizens, one an 18-year-old and the other a 21-year-old. A third man, a Swedish national aged 24, was charged with being an accomplice, for livestreaming it.
The vicious assault was broadcasted to a private Facebook group with about 60,000 members, and seen by eight people. The rape lasted for several minutes, as the horrified viewers on Facebook urged the 24-year-old to intervene and stop the attack—but he refused to do so.
One of the people watching quickly alerted police. The video has since been removed from Facebook, but copies of it continue to circulate on the internet.
All three men deny their involvement in the rape—but prosecutors claim they have plenty of evidence, including the footage from Facebook, to convict.