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Migrant Escapes Jail As Finnish Court Rules 'Sex With 10-year-old Not Rape'

Finland’s Supreme Court rejected a request from the prosecution to appeal

 on 6th May 2018 @ 7.13pm
finland   s supreme court rejected a request from the prosecution to appeal a three year jail term © press
Finland’s Supreme Court rejected a request from the prosecution to appeal a three-year jail term.

A Finnish court has ruled that sex between a 10-year-old girl and an asylum seeker does not constitute as 'rape' in a case that has caused public outrage across the world.

The 23-year-old asylum seeker, Juusuf Muhamed Abbudin, escaped jail when Finland’s Supreme Court rejected a request from the prosecution to appeal a three-year jail term.

The man was convicted of sexual abuse, but the prosecution had proposed a harsher sentence of aggravated rape. 

The court decided that they would stick to the original verdict.

RT reports: The incident took place near the city of Tampere in southern Pirkanmaa region in autumn 2016.

The man had sexual intercourse with a girl, who was 10-years old at the time, in the yard of a deserted apartment block. He also exchanged sexually charged messages with her

Both Pirkanmaa District Court and the Appeal Court in the city of Turku convicted the asylum seeker of aggravated sexual abuse and handed him a three-year prison sentence in 2017.

The courts didn’t recognize the incident as rape, saying the girl wasn’t forced into the sexual act or overcome by fear. The judges also ordered the man to pay the child €3,000 ($3,600).

The decision fueled fierce debates across the country.

Tuula Tamminen, professor of Child Psychiatry at the University of Tampere, insisted that the child simply couldn’t know what was happening in such a situation.

Back in November 2017, National Coalition Party MP Kari Tolvanen spoke in favor of longer sentences for such offenses.

“The amendment would introduce harsher sentences for serious sexual offenses against children overall.

In my view, that is fully justified, for example in light of a child’s vulnerability, even if the act does not meet the threshold for rape,” Tolvanen said.

In March, Finland's Justice Minister Antti Hakkanen also called for tougher laws for sexual offences committed against minors.

“Children should be protected from violence and sexual assault by all available means,” the minister stated. “I asked officials for proposals on toughening the law on sex crimes.

I regard these proposals as viable and I intend to advance them.”

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