Four men charged with asylum centre rape

The accused and the victim are all asylum seekers who knew each other before coming to Norway.

Four men charged with asylum centre rape
The assault occurred at the Oslofjord Convention Center, which is being used as a transit centre for asylum seekers. Photo: Heiko Junge/NTB Scanpix
Four men have been charged with the rape of a 19-year-old man at a Vestfold asylum centre in southern Norway. The men are also charged with causing gross bodily injury.
The four accused men and their male victim all knew each other before they came to Norway. 
“There has been a long interrogation of all of the accused men and they will also provide a legal statement. We have video of the attacks that the accused themselves have recorded,” police attorney Lise Dalhaug told Dagbladet. 
The attacks on the 19-year-old occurred on December 4 at the transit reception centre Oslofjrd Convention Center in Stokke in Vestfold. The 19-year-old was admitted to the Vestfold Hospital after the incident and suffered serious injuries. 
Three of the four accused men have been held in custody since December while the fourth was arrested in Stockholm on Friday afternoon after Swedish police carried out an arrest order issued by their Norwegian colleagues. 
Three of the accused and the victim are all asylum seekers while the man arrested in Stockholm has legal residency in Sweden. He has been extradited to Norway. 
According to Dagbladet, one of the four arrested men has been fingered as the ringleader. He denies his guilt but admitted that he was present at a situation that is now under police investigation. 

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