HAMBURG. [Junge Freiheit] The rape of a 13-year-old girl in Hamburg may not be punished as a child abuse. On Thursday the presiding judge, the prosecutor's office as well as the defense, came to an agreement. Negotiations are now being made on account of the allegation of rape, but not on account of the original allegation of serious sexual abuse of a child.
The accused is a 30-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq. He is said to have brutally raped the now 14-year-old in November 2016 at the S-Bahnhof Jungfernstieg. The student had previously celebrated with friends on the Rathausmarkt and was drunk. They also met a group of men to whom the Iraqi belonged.
The defendant wants to confess
When the girl was going home at around 3 in the morning, the Iraqi grabbed her at the S-Bahnhof Jungfernstieg from behind, dragged her into a room and he fled. After the deportation, the asylum seeker escaped to Hungary, but was arrested and handed over to Germany at the beginning of March.
According to the judge, the defendant could not have known without doubt that the girl was only 13 years old, reports the Hamburger Abendblatt. Therefore, the parties agreed to abandon the allegation of child abuse. In this way, the girl, who still suffers from the act, can be spared a statement.
The defense has announced that the Iraqi wants to make a confession in the course of the proceedings, which will be continued in the middle of June. The judge signaled that he would have to face a term of imprisonment between three and three and a half years. (Krk)
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Rome (kath.net/KNA) Pope Francis holds that a military intervention in Iraq can be justified under certain circumstances. To stop an "unjust aggressor", was "legitimate," he said on Monday before traveling journalists on the flight from Seoul to Rome. "I use the word deliberately stop, I'm not talking of bombing or waging war," said the Pope. When asked whether he would even travel to Iraq, he said: "Yes, I'm ready."
"To stop the unjust aggressor is legitimate," said the Pope. However, the means have to be weighed. In the past, states have, intervened under the pretext of an attacker interfering in the affairs of other countries and even leading to a war of conquest. Francis called for an internationally coordinated approach.
A single state can not take such a decision. In Iraq it was not just about oppressed Christians. "It is true, they are suffering," said the Pope. "But this is about men and women of religious minorities. Not all are Christians. But all are equal before God."
He himself had discussed the situation in Iraq and the problems with the reception of refugees in a personal meeting with the governor of Kurdistan, Francis said. Then he had turned in a letter to the governments with relations to the Holy See states as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and eventually sent Cardinal Fernando Filoni as special envoy to Iraq. Finally, he had also considered a personal journey to Iraq in connection the South Korea trip. He said that the moment "may not be the best thing you can do," Francis said, "but I'm ready."
At his morning Mass in Seoul, Pope Francis spontaneously prayed for his Special Envoy Filoni. Then he recalled "the persecuted and all religious minorities who suffer in this country." Filoni, Prefect of the Vatican Congregation of Missions and experienced Middle East diplomat, has been present since last week in northern Iraq, working towards a solution for the oppressed minorities. Among others, he met with the president of the Kurdish region, Massoud Barzani, as well as other politicians and Church leaders. Prior to his posting, Filoni had received instructions for the journey from Francis. Then he said the Pope would rather "most like to go himself."
Iraq is one of the few major countries that John Paul II had not visited (1978-2005). He had entered at 104 trips abroad 127 countries.
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