Monday, August 29, 2011

UPDATE: HOTEL EMPLOYEE ARRESTED FOR BEATING, RAPING OF RUSSIAN TOURIST

As a follow-up to my August 27 posting ("Russian Tourist Beaten, Raped at 5-Star Hotel in Egypt"), an 18-year-old man employed by the hotel in the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada has been arrested after admitting that he attacked a female Russian tourist who was a guest at the hotel. The victim was also admitted to a local hospital with multiple bruises and burns.

COMMENT: The assailant admitted that he had attacked and raped the Russian woman during questioning. According to investigators, he also confessed that he pulled her into her bathroom and poured hot water on her.

The woman, who identified the suspect when she was shown his photograph, said he had also raped her. Unfortunately, she refused to submit to DNA analysis (probably out of concern for publicity), which could very possibly jeopardize her assailant being charged with forcible rape.

In keeping with Egyptian law, if found guilty, the suspect will face a punishment ranging from five years or more in prison to the death penalty, depending on what he is actually charged with.

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