A Yemeni man in Sweden has been sentenced recently to 18 months probation and “treatment” for raping a 13-year-old girl.
The reason the man has dodged actual prison time and only has to pay about $17,000 to the small girl is because he claimed to be younger than his forged passport states and so can’t be put in jail, Expressen reports.
Although his Yemeni passport states he was born in 1996, he was apparently born in 1999 and supposedly forged his passport to make him appear older, so that he could leave Yemen. Had the court found that he was 19-years-old, it likely would have sentenced him anywhere from two to six years in prison.
The rape, which occurred at a park in Mariestad in April, has sparked outrage across all of Sweden for its obscenely lenient sentence, though the prosecutor is satisfied with the verdict.
What happened is that the Yemeni claimed the girl told him she was 16 years-old and also that she initiated sex voluntarily, but the court didn’t buy that for a second. As the girl put it, she and her friend were walking back home from a stadium near the park, when the man trailed behind them with his bike.
As soon as she and her friend went their separate ways, the man suddenly reappeared and pulled her to the ground and tore off her pants. She says she told him to stop, but he didn’t listen.
When her mother found out, she cried all the way to the hospital.
The prosecution didn’t even try to expel him from the country. Prosecutor Ylva Lundgren said there’s a strong hope and expectation that treatment will work on the man.
“We are very happy that he was convicted, but the punishment is very disappointing,” the child’s mother said. “And as far as I know, we never got to see a valid birth certificate that the offender was born in 1999.”
“How can we get on with him in our city?” the mother added. “We don’t want him here.”
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