Migrants convicted of sexual assault in connection with the mass attacks in Cologne on New Year’s Eve smiled and cheered as they walked outside the court without receiving any jail time.
The two men in question, a 20-year-old Iraqi and a 26-year-old Algerian, broke into smiles as they exited the courtroom Thursday, as the Iraqi only received probation and the Algerian just received a one-year suspended sentence. Neither of these require jail time, the Daily Mail reports.
The ruling is the first sentence for sexual assault based on the attacks in Cologne.
The Iraqi, who’s been in Germany since September 2015, was ordered to take an integration course and perform 80 hours of community service. When he took part in the mass sexual assault in Cologne, the Iraqi grabbed a woman, forced her to kiss him and then licked her face.
The Algerian, on the other hand, prevented a man near the victim from intervening to help, telling him, “Give me the girls, give me the girls – or you’re dead.”
During the case, the girls who were assaulted openly cried in the courtroom after they described the attack, prompting the judge to say the migrants acted like “animals.”
A large group of men, mostly Arab and North African migrants, coordinated a mass sexual assault on New Year’s Eve in Cologne of more than 500 women. This led to a major drop in public sympathy for refugees and also a major drop in sympathy for the government, given meddling from state interior ministry to remove the phrase “rape” from a police report. Police refused to comply.
After the sexual assaults in Cologne, the local police chief resigned.
The German parliament voted Thursday to modify the definitions of sexual assault and rape, as an encounter was previously not labeled as rape if the victim didn’t struggle against her attacker. Cologne provided the motivation to push this legislative reform through unanimously.
More than 1.1 million migrants flooded into Germany in 2015 alone, many of whom have no connection to the conflict in Syria, whatsoever.
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