Sunday, January 30, 2011

Gang rape of Malaysian student in London, Malaysian students advised to be careful and vigilant

A view of the college in London

Malaysian students in Britain have been advised to be vigilant and careful to avoid being caught in compromising situations, following the alleged gang-rape of an 18-year-old Malaysian student in London, recently.

Education Malaysia (Britain and Eire) director Associate Proffesor Dr Rosman Abdullah said his department would issue advisories to students there to prevent such things from happening again.

The director was responding to recent reports in The Sun tabloid of London which highlighted the case where a Malaysian student was gang-raped by seven Russian men, including an intelligence officer.

The report alleged that the girl was drugged before she was sexually assaulted and the entire ordeal was filmed.

The Sun tabloid of London, which broke the story on Thursday 27 January 2011, reported that the girl had attended a party at the prestigious Bellerbys College in Greenwich, South London, where she is studying.

The report, quoting sources, claimed that the girl was allegedly drugged and then filmed while being assaulted by seven Russian men, including the intelligence officer identified as Oleg Vladimirvich Ivanov, 23.

The attack is said to have happened early last Sunday, 23rd January 2011, during the party attended by English language students of the college.

The report stated that police retrieved iPhones with harrowing footage of the victim being gang-raped.

Ivanov was charged with three others identified as Gregory Andreev Melnikov, 22, Norayr Davtyan, 25, and Arnen Simonay, 26, with the offence at the Woolwich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and Wednesday.

All four claimed trial and have been remanded.

They will appear at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday.

Two other suspects were released on bail while another was released without any charge.

The Sun report stated that the seven men had claimed to be students, but it quoted well-informed sources as saying that Ivanov worked in the Intelligence Section of the Moscow Police.

It stated that Ivanov had only been in Britain for a week before the alleged gang-rape.

The victim was said to have raised the alarm after staggering into a friend’s room.

“She is distraught. She is very young and it is believed she was given a drug before being defiled,” the report quoted a source as saying.

Two students at the college, contacted by the Malaysian premier newspaper, The Star last Sunday night, 30th January 2011, were tight-lipped about the incident.

“What we know so far is what everyone has read in the newspaper (The Sun). We refuse to talk about the case as we are not allowed to. Please contact our college officials if you want a comment,’’ said one of them.

The college officials could not be reached for comment.

So Ladies.. out there.. beware..

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