17th August 2019
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Three men arrested for gang rape in Catalan seaside town

Three men have been arrested in Catalonia for gang rape that allegedly took place in the seaside town of Blanes on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

According to investigation sources, the three men, one aged 54 and the other two both aged 19, encountered the woman at a party on Saturday night, and she agreed to come back to a flat in Blanes, north of Barcelona. They are believed to have restrained her and assaulted her sexually inside the apartment.

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A demonstration in Valencia on 22 June 2018, after a court ordered the release on bail of five men initially sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually abusing a young woman at Pamplona’s bull-running festival – a sentence later increased to 15 years. (Jose Jordan / AFP)

The young woman, believed to be around 20, called the police the next morning. The police soon arrested two of the suspects, and the third later that afternoon. The woman was taken to Calella hospital to be examined.

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All three suspects are being charged with sexual assault with penetration. Having declared before the judge, they are now on temporary release.

They are to stay 500 metres away from the victim and their passports have been withdrawn.

This is the latest in a string of gang rape cases that have sparked outrage over the course of the summer. Cases of gang rape in Manresa and in Cambrils have led to protests in the respective cities last month.

These follow on from the so-called Catalan ‘wolf pack’ case in Manresa in 2016, for which the trial remains on-going, named after the infamous gang-rape case that occured in Pamplona during the running-of-the-bulls festival that same year.

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