The Berlin regional court has approved charges against three foreign nationals suspected of committing a gang rape in Görlitzer Park last year.
Three African males are accused of rape, grievous bodily harm, and aggravated robbery of a 27-year-old Georgian tourist as she walked through the park with her husband on June 21, 2023.
The mother-of-two had, along with her husband, purchased cocaine earlier that night and consumed it on a park bench before becoming intimate in the area when five men from the local drug scene surrounded the couple.
Two are said to have attacked the husband with sticks and branches and stolen €1,200, whilst three men are said to have beaten and raped the woman. The woman’s screams alerted a resident, who called the police.
Two of the alleged rapists are said to have multiple identities, Welt reported, citing the indictment. According to the indictment, 21-year-old Osman B. has ten other identities known to the police. The Somali national entered Germany in 2016 and has so far racked up seven previous convictions. He has neither permanent residence nor a current residence permit.
The two other men are both 22 years old and come from Guinea. One of them, Boubacar B., is known under four other identities. The rejected asylum seeker has nine previous convictions, including for drug trafficking. He regularly uses marijuana and cocaine himself and is also said to have no permanent residence.
Only the third defendant, Mountaga D., is said not to have any aliases. However, he also has three previous convictions. The 22-year-old Guinean’s asylum application was rejected, but he lives in a home for assisted living with a tolerated permit.
There are 14 known fake identities and 19 crimes between the three African men. Two of them are among the approximately 280,000 foreigners required to leave the country.
Commenting on the trial, a spokesperson for the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party said, “You can only shake your head in disbelief at how our authorities turn a blind eye to criminal migrants. A 21-year-old Somali man had been traveling illegally in Germany since 2016 with eleven identities. Last summer, he and four other men raped a 27-year-old student in Görlitzer Park in Berlin – while her husband watched.
“A 22-year-old accomplice from Guinea is said to have had four other identities and has a criminal record in nine cases. The trial is now beginning against the second and third African.”
The party referenced the winter deportation imposed by Berlin’s CDU mayor Kai Wegner, highlighting that “no illegal migrant has to leave the capital until the end of March, regardless of what they are guilty of.”
“Let us as a society finally defend ourselves against such rapists — and against those who enable them to carry out their outrages,” the party spokesperson added.
The trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 18.