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Five Minors Arrested In Gang Rape of Teenage Girl in Belgium

Public prosecutors said on Friday that authorities arrested five individuals after the alleged gang rape of a 14-year-old girl at a cemetery in Ghent, Belgium, on May 15.

In a press release, the East Flanders Public Prosecutor’s office told reporters that three of the arrested suspects are all minors.

According to the authorities, the young girl went to the Westerbegraafplaats cemetery to meet up with a friend. However, she was then joined by four other people and allegedly gang raped her while taking pictures and videos of the crime.

The attackers then shared the photos and videos of the young victim’s ordeal on social media.

The young girl then took her own life four days after the attack. 

Friends of the victim, later on, told her family about what happened and informed them that one of the perpetrators was a friend of the young girl.

“Three minors were placed in a closed institution by the juvenile judge in Ghent and two adults (both 18 years old) were arrested by the investigating judge in Ghent for offenses that would have occurred shortly before the death of the victim. 

The council chamber in Ghent decided today that the detention of the two adults will be extended by one month,” a spokesperson for the East Flanders Public Prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

The police have arrested the alleged assailants on charges of rape, indecent assault and the taking and dissemination of photographs likely to constitute an attack on the integrity of an individual.

In a tweet, Belgian Justice Minister Vincent van Quickenborne expressed that he was mortified to hear the sad news.

“Horrible. No words for it,” he said. “My thoughts are with the family and friends. Suspects have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing. Justice must and will be reached.”

“I call on victims of sexual violence: file a complaint. There are people ready to help you in sexual care centers. Justice will do everything to apprehend and punish perpetrators. Also, those who spread images, because that is also punishable. Absolute priority for justice,” the minister added.

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