The refugee reportedly informed the authorities he had carried out nothing that might have been off-limits in his tradition
An Afghan refugee has been convicted of sexually abusing a 3-year-old lady at a US Marine Corps camp in Virginia following america’ evacuation from Afghanistan final August.
Mohammed Tariq, 24, was discovered responsible on Friday of sexually abusing the younger lady whereas each of them have been being housed at Virginia’s Camp Upshur on Marine Corps Base Quantico following his evacuation from Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. Tariq is scheduled to be sentenced on April 26 and will face life in jail.
US Marines noticed Tariq “inappropriately touching the sufferer over her clothes, on her chest, genitals, and buttocks” on the camp final 12 months, the US Division of Justice mentioned in an announcement launched on Monday.
Whereas “the sufferer and Tariq have been unrelated,” they’d each “not too long ago been evacuated from Afghanistan and delivered to america,” the assertion reads. The lady was being housed on the camp along with her household.
Tariq reportedly informed the authorities via an interpreter that the conduct was allowed in his tradition, whereas “efforts to have his statements suppressed have been rejected by the decide,” Stars and Stripes reported.
The US lawyer for the Jap District of Virginia, Jessica D. Aber, praised “the resilience and braveness of the sufferer and her household” in reporting the abuse.
The US army started evacuating its troops and allies, together with native interpreters, from Afghanistan after the Taliban overran nearly all the nation, ultimately capturing Kabul on August 15. The hectic effort, which noticed a number of Afghans plunging to their dying as they clung to a US plane leaving Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, continued till the tip of the month.
Over 73,000 Afghans have been delivered to the US within the preliminary part of the evacuation, the White Home mentioned in November, noting that as much as 22,000 extra refugees “might also be relocated and resettled to america” inside the following 12 months. All the evacuees have been initially flown to US army bases, the place they have been set to be launched in communities throughout the nation.
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