Somali man arrested for alleged rape has been released

A Somali refugee who was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning on an alleged case of rape in Gzira, has been released. However, the police investigation continues on the young woman who alleged she was raped.

tvm.com.mt is informed that after several hours of investigating the case, the police found no sign of rape and it was established that the Somali man and the young woman who was born in Sweden, but is originally from Somalia, knew each other well.

tvm.com.mt is informed that the 19-year-old Somali man, a refugee who lives in San Gwann, was released after it appears that no rape had taken place as alleged by the 20-year-old woman who lives in Msida.

The decision of the police to free the man was taken after footage from CCTV cameras in Gerry Zammit Street behind the Muscat Motors showroom was examined. From the footage it was established that there did not seem to be any force or violence used in the alleged case of rape.

According to the police, they were informed by an anonymous phone call at 4.30am early Saturday morning that someone was shouting in the area, and on arrival, members of the Rapid Intervention Unit found the two young people. The young woman of Somali origin, who holds a Swedish passport, claimed she was raped.

The young man was arrested and taken to the Sliema police station where he was interrogated by Inspetor Jason Sultana while the woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. tvm.com.mt is informed that she was released shortly afterwards when doctors and court-appointed experts found no signs or injuries related with rape.

It is also understood that the police spoke with the owners of establishments which the young woman frequents regularly. While the man has now been released, the investigations continue.