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Germany: Protesters rally in support of Russian-German teen allegedly raped by 'foreigners'02:18

Germany: Protesters rally in support of Russian-German teen allegedly raped by 'foreigners'

Germany, Berlin
January 18, 2016 at 22:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters came out to the Marzahn district of east Berlin on Monday to demonstrate against the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl who told police that she was sexually abused by three "foreigners" at the weekend. Police have stated that there was no evidence of an abduction or rape following the accusations.

The supporters decided to stage the demonstration after a teenager, known as Elena K., went missing earlier in January, with her parents alleging that she was kidnapped by three "southern" men who spoke "broken German." Her guardians later told police that during the 30 hour period that the teenager was missing, she was repeatedly beaten and raped.

The Berlin-Marzahn-based family filed a missing persons report after the teenager's disappearance from Mahlsdorf train station on January 11. Locals found her the next day in Hellersdorf, where her parents picked her up and contacted local law enforcement, telling them the girl's story. However, after police questioned the teenager without her guardians, she reportedly changed statements, saying that she had gone willingly with the men.

Following a medical examination of the girl, State Criminal Police Office (LKA) released a statement saying that there were no signs that the teenager had been either abducted or raped. The parents have since stated that she was pressured by police to change her statement, with Sunday's protesters saying that the case had been "hushed up."

Germany: Protesters rally in support of Russian-German teen allegedly raped by 'foreigners'02:18
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Protesters came out to the Marzahn district of east Berlin on Monday to demonstrate against the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl who told police that she was sexually abused by three "foreigners" at the weekend. Police have stated that there was no evidence of an abduction or rape following the accusations.

The supporters decided to stage the demonstration after a teenager, known as Elena K., went missing earlier in January, with her parents alleging that she was kidnapped by three "southern" men who spoke "broken German." Her guardians later told police that during the 30 hour period that the teenager was missing, she was repeatedly beaten and raped.

The Berlin-Marzahn-based family filed a missing persons report after the teenager's disappearance from Mahlsdorf train station on January 11. Locals found her the next day in Hellersdorf, where her parents picked her up and contacted local law enforcement, telling them the girl's story. However, after police questioned the teenager without her guardians, she reportedly changed statements, saying that she had gone willingly with the men.

Following a medical examination of the girl, State Criminal Police Office (LKA) released a statement saying that there were no signs that the teenager had been either abducted or raped. The parents have since stated that she was pressured by police to change her statement, with Sunday's protesters saying that the case had been "hushed up."