Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ukraine: Rapists earlier freed due to political connectios re-arrested after rape victim dies

Oksana Makar had suffered extensive burns and damage to her lungs
An eighteen-year-old Ukrainian woman has died in hospital, weeks after a brutal sexual assault that prompted a campaign against political corruption. Oksana Makar was attacked in the southern city of Mykolayiv on 8 March by three men who raped her and tried to strangle her before setting her alight.


Three men were arrested, but two - whose parents had political connections - were released without charge. They have since been re-arrested, after the case prompted a national outcry.
Two have been charged with gang rape and one with rape and attempted murder.
Read more: BBC News

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