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Trio accused of gang rape of 17-year-old girl.

Summary: Teenager claims she was terrorised, her phone taken away before she surrendered

Bassam Za'za', Legal and Court Correspondent

Dubai: Three men have been accused of gang-raping the 17-year-old girlfriend of one of them in a car and taking away her phone.

The 17-year-old Indian girl happened to be in the car of her 24-year-old Bangladeshi friend, M.A., when he and his 28-year-old Pakistani friend, M.M., and a third man were said to have gang-raped her in Al Muhaisnah in October.

Prosecutors charged M.A., M.M. and the third suspect, who remains at large, of coercing the girl to have sex with them one at a time in the back seat. Prosecutors said the suspects abused the fact that the girl was in M.A.'s car when they took away her phone and scared her before they forced themselves on her.

Jail wardens did not bring M.A. and M.M. from their detention and present them before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Sunday.

The 17-year-old girl claimed to prosecutors that she agreed to go for a ride with M.A. when the incident happened.

"M.A. called me and said he wanted to take me for a ride - when he came to pick me up, M.M. and the third suspect [identified as M.] were with him. They drove to Ajman and offered me alcohol but I refused to drink. They consumed liquor. They drove back to Dubai to Al Muhaisnah where they parked in a deserted sandy area. M. and M.M. got out of the car while M.A. asked to have sex with me. When I refused, he took away my phone - then he asked me to step out. The other two men were standing outside and there was another vehicle parked behind M.A.'s car. They asked me to sit in the back seat of the other vehicle and wait. I sat there for few minutes before M.A. came and raped me first - the other two suspects followed. I cried and was very scared. I just wanted to go back home. I had to surrender myself because I was too frightened - then they dropped me home," she testified.

Records said the girl notified her parents about the alleged incident before they took her to the police the next day.

A policeman claimed to prosecutors that two of the suspects were identified and arrested shortly after the girl reported the incident.

Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal said a ruling will be heard later this month.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jan 17, 2016
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