Last week I reported on three young American sisters in Spain who reported to police that they had been raped by three Afghan culture-enrichers. It seems that further investigation has revealed some holes in the sisters’ stories.
Forensic report confirms that the three sisters who were allegedly raped had injuries
The alleged attackers remain charged for sexual assault, while victims are questioned about taking out insurance that would indemnify them in case of rape
by Ana Lucas
Jan 15, 2020
The three US sisters who were raped in Murcia on New Years Eve had injuries to their genitals and external to their genitals, according to reports by those who examined them hours after the attack in Virgin de la Arrixadaca (Murcia), say sources close to the investigation being conducted by the National Police.
In addition, one of the three sisters, the smallest, had suffered blows, the same sources insist.
The case is in the judicial process. The three accused continue to be charged and are currently out on bail, investigated for two consummated sexual attacks and one attempted. “As a precautionary measure, a weekly appearance before the court, the withdrawal of passports, and a prohibition on approaching the girls is in effect,” judicial sources then stated. Before the judge, the individuals admitted to having been with the girls, although they maintain that it was consensual. The judicial investigation continues.
The victims, nevertheless, are in the spotlight with the revelation that they took out quite controversial insurance. Something which, in this case, had already begun to be discussed the same afternoon that the three alleged attackers were released on bail. There are foreign women who come to Spain with an insurance policy that in case of rape indemnifies them. For the past few years, periodically, the police have been alerted about foreign tourists making false rape charges to collect travel insurance.
The young women, 18, 20, and 23 years of age, are not being investigated for making a false report, although the defense attorney for the three suspects announced that he will make a complaint to this effect before the court. They (the three women) remain outside of Spain They were passing through Murcia and one of them was studying, and it is still pending that they testify in court, either by returning or by video conference.
But this investigative report from El País tells a different story:
The judge questions the rape report by the three US sisters in Murcia
The women have not ratified the complaint and have created contradictions
The case of the three young US women who reported suffering sexual attacks on New Years Eve in Murcia has awakened numerous questions two weeks after the alleged rapes were committed. The contradictions in their declaration and the circumstance that none of them have ratified their complaint in court nor clarified the gaps in the case has generated doubts on the authenticity of their complaint among the investigators, the judge and the prosecutor.
The girls, age 18, 20 and 23, explained to the officers that they had met their alleged attackers, three young men of Afghan nationality, at a New Year’s party in a pub, where the boys had first cornered them and kissed them against their will. The judge on duty who assumed the case ordered the provisional release of the three accused in a January 4 report which El País has gained access to, and in which he shows his surprise at the fact that after been supposedly kissed by force, two of the girls later went to the home of the young men “without any evidence of violence or force”. And that the third went with the last of the accused to the residence in which she resided for the past three months, since she was studying for a quarter in the University of Murcia. Her sisters had traveled from Ohio to visit her.
The attacks allegedly occurred in the two locations. But according to the report, the three women and three men met later in the residence of the sister who was studying in Murcia, where they remained for a few more hours. During this time, he continues, they did not ask for help, nor did they tell each other they had been attacked.
According to the testimony of the women, which appears in the police statement this newspaper has also had access to, one of the sisters locked herself in the bathroom at the end of the evening, while the other proceeded, accompanied by two of the men, to the Murcia bus station. The women stated that they invented the story to their alleged attackers that they had to go there to catch a bus to the airport, where they were to take a plane back to their country, and for that, they packed their bags. But it was not true, only a strategy to get away from them, they added to the police officers. The security cameras at the station show the two women and two men arriving together at the station. And there, according to the police statement, they said goodbye at the bathroom door “with a kiss and hug” without showing signs of “physical violence”, but rather a cordial interaction with the boys.
The women remained there some 15 minutes before returning to the house rented by one of them. Arriving, according to their declaration, they discovered that a tablet and bottle of Ralph Lauren perfume had disappeared. And it was then, despite having had a phone all night, that one of them called the police and reported the alleged sexual attacks.
The judge signaled in the report that the explanations the women gave to the police on the one hand, and to the doctors who examined them on the other, presented discrepancies. And he considered a “better explanation to be necessary” on the part of the complainants, which couldn’t be obtained due to their “voluntary absence” from Spain, since the three sisters left the country, traveling to Vienna and later, presumably, to the United States in spite of the fact that the judge had required that they remain in the country. Only one, in addition, said she was ready to cooperate with the authorities via telephone or email.
The police explain in their statement that they asked this woman by telephone “if she was covered by any insurance for this type of incidents,” in reference to a sexual attack, but the communication was cut off at this point and from then on, “they don’t answer calls.” Police sources contacted by El País are unaware of what type of coverage this insurance consists of , that is, if it includes coverage or concerns the coverage of health care, repatriation or family displacement, similar to those provided in case of injury or illness. Four sources from the insurance sector— among them Aon y de Santalucia — and another in the travel industry have assured this newspaper that financial indemnity for being victim of sexual attack does not exist in Spain. Nor do they know for sure that it exists in travel insurance in the European Union or United States. Nor if there have been reported or investigated in Spain fraudulent actions related to these types of contingencies, unlike what has occurred, for example, in coverages for food poisoning.
As for those under investigation, who are political refugees, their passports have been taken away, they are required to remain in Spain (one has been studying in Norway and another resides in Denmark) and to report weekly to the court. The three remain silent before the court, awaiting the details of the accusation, according to their lawyer, Melecio Castaño, who insists they maintain their innocence. The three have, he adds, received threats on Facebook from profiles located on the extreme right, which they plan to report.