“Double betrayal”

Police in Sweden accused of covering up sexual assaults by young immigrants

Swedish National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson. (REUTERS/Henrik Montgomery/ TT News Agency)

Officials in Sweden are now coming under fire for the alleged cover-up of sexual attacks, akin to those in Germany on New Year’s Eve, in which 80 women were assaulted by over 1,000 men. According to Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, an official police report on the five-day We Are Stockholm festival in 2014 failed to mention sexual harassment or assault that occurred by “so-called refugee youths.” “Several of the gang were arrested for sexual molestation,” one police memo read. We Are Stockholm was attended by 170,000 people, the majority of whom were between 13 and 19 years old.

Prime minister Stefan Löfven called the supposed cover-up a “double betrayal” for the female victims, as the police failed to make the crimes public and no prosecutions were made. An investigation into the allegations is now ongoing.

Word of the assaults spread after the 2014 festival but weren’t picked up by the media, according to The Guardian. “It was a modus operandi that we had never seen before: large groups of young men who surround girls and molest them,” said Roger Ticoalu, head of events at the Stockholm city administration. “In the cases where we were able to apprehend suspects, they were with a foreign background, newly arrived refugees aged 17-20, who had come to Sweden without their families.” Similar attacks were reported out of Malmö on New Year’s Eve 2015.

Read the full story at the BBC.

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