Two arrested over Canadian student rape

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An alleged Afghan people-smuggler and an Iranian migrant suspected of raping a Canadian journalism student have been arrested by French police.

2 September 2008

LILLE -- French police have arrested an Afghan suspected people-smuggler and an Iranian migrant suspected of raping a Canadian journalism student in the northern port of Calais, officials said Tuesday.

Both men were arrested on Sunday in the Calais region and police were checking their fingerprints and DNA against those of the woman's attacker, said an official close to the investigation.

The rape victim, a student at a London journalism school in her early 30s, helped police draw identikit pictures of the suspect earlier.

Around 100 migrants have been questioned by police since last Tuesday's attack, which took place as the woman photographed migrants at a makeshift camp nicknamed "The Jungle", in a wood near the ferry port of Calais.

Claiming he wanted to show her something, the attacker led her away from the group and into one of the shelters where he raped and beat her. The attack only ended when another migrant approached the shack.

Prosecutors were expected to open a rape investigation on Tuesday, according to the deputy prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Philippe Muller.

[AFP / Expatica]

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