An Afghan asylum seeker who had raped a mentally disabled 18-year-old girl in 2016, was sentenced to a milder sentence. The lighter sentence prevented the expulsion of the Afghan, Dutch daily De Telegraaf reported.
The 38-year-old Zaman S was eligible for two years in prison for the rape of the girl. The sexual assault happened in a shop where he worked and the 18-year-old was a regular customer. However, the court in Amsterdam ruled that the sentence should not lead to the “refugee” being expelled.
The Afghan asylum seeker has been sentenced to a prison sentence of only twenty months for his vile deed.
Lawyer Richard Korver says that losing a residence permit should not be a consideration for a serious crime such as a rape.
“This man will be free in the Netherlands soon, unrepentant with shorter punishment than if he had had no residence permit, back on the street. The feelings of insecurity given to Defia [the rape victim] as a result of the crime have been strengthened rather than reduced by this statement. ”
Defia’s father Sjonnie said he would rather see the Afghan leave the Netherlands. “I would say take away his residence permit and get him to leave the country. Maybe this is normal in his country, but not here.”
His daughter has been scarred for life. “Who knows how much more often this happened?” Sjonnie continued. “The court says that he has not been convicted before. But when I hear that sex was often going on in that store, I think he just has not been caught before. He walks free too easily. If this is our legal system, you almost want to hold your own court. “