KUWAIT: Two policemen face sexual assault charges following their arrests on May 21, 2012 in connection with a possible rape incident that was filed the previous night, the Ministry of Interior announced in a press statement.
“Two Jahra security patrol officers arrested for sexually assaulting a Filipina woman in felony case number 126/2012 have been referred to the Public Prosecution for further investigations”, the official statement reads.
The victim reportedly approached Jahra police station officers Monday night to report being assaulted by a policeman who arrested her for failing to carry proper identification. . According to an Al-Aan report quoting a security source with knowledge of the case, a patrol officer reported to the police station shortly after orders were made to summon drivers of SUV patrol cars matching descriptions provided by the victim.
“The driver told officers that his partner, a lance corporal, has assaulted the victim”, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The crime reportedly happened when the driver stopped the patrol vehicle to respond to a fighting incident reported nearby.
While stopped, the other policeman assaulted the detainee before letting her go, according to the driver’s statements. When they both received orders to report to the station, the policeman who committed the assault asked his partner to stop, handed over his firearm and admitted that he committed the crime. He then disappeared, after asking his partner to return to the station “and help him avoid prosecution”, the source said.
By Hanan Al-Saadoun, Staff Writer