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UK Muslim men 'laughed' while being jailed for raping two girls as part of Eid celebrations

London, Sat, 21 Apr 2012 ANI

London, Apr 21 (ANI): A group of Muslim men in Britain, who abducted and raped two teenage girls as part of their Eid celebrations laughed in court as they were sentenced to 38 years in prison.

The girls, aged 15 and 16, were plied with alcohol and repeatedly raped by Shamrez Rashid and Amar Hussain, before being offered to a number of others who also 'used them for sex' in November 2009.

Rashid, 20, was said to have claimed the girls had enjoyed the sex, which he said had taken place as they celebrated Eid.

"It was Eid. We treated them as our guests. OK, so they gave us [sex] but we were buying them food and drink, They could have anything they wanted. They enjoyed it," The Daily Mail quoted Rashid, as saying.

But Judge Melbourne Inman said the girls were still children at the time of the offences.

"They were still children and still living with their families. In a civilised society, such people should be helped. You all abused them. They were extremely vulnerable and you took advantage of that," the judge said.

According to the paper, the five defendants laughed and smirked as the horrifying details of their offences were described in court.

Rashid, who had already been found guilty of two rapes, an attempted rape, child abduction and an attempted sexual assault, grinned, laughed and made gun gestures in the dock.

His supporters hurled abuse at the judge as he passed the sentence, the report said. (ANI)


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