SHARE
COPY LINK

IMMIGRATION

Nine held in alleged rape of German tourist

Austrian police arrested nine Iraqis for a New Year's Day rape in Vienna.

Nine held in alleged rape of German tourist
Vienna on New Year's Eve. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

The men, all of whom are either currently seeking asylum, or who have been granted asylum, are being held for questioning in connection with the assault of a 28-year-old woman from Germany, which took place on New Year's Day.

Vienna police spokesman Paul Eidenberger said that the men, who range from 21 to 47 years in age, were arrested at various locations on the weekend.

They are alleged to have drugged the woman, then taken her from Schwedenplatz to one of the apartments in which they lived, where she was sexually assaulted.

The woman had no memory of the attack, however police were able to piece together the location of the incident through the use of surveillance cameras.

In addition, DNA evidence was collected from the woman, which suggests at least four of the men are “strongly linked” to the crime, however “all were involved”, according to Eidenberger.

The men have each denied the accusations, according to police.

It is customary to hold suspects in pre-trial detention, while they are questioned.  Bail is usually not granted in such serious cases in Austria.

Paywall free

IMMIGRATION

Tell us: What was your experience like dealing with Vienna’s MA35?

The office for immigration and citizenship in Vienna is for many immigrants their first encounter with Austrian bureaucracy. We want to hear from you about your own experience dealing with officials and the process.

Tell us: What was your experience like dealing with Vienna's MA35?

Vienna’s MA35 is a well-known office for immigrants in Austria, particularly those who live in the capital. It has received plenty of criticism for long delays, mistakes and even mistreatment of those seeking services from renewing a visa to applying for Austrian citizenship.

Yet, it is an integral part of life for immigrants and their family members, as the office is responsible for residence permits (from visas to the Anmeldebescheiningung for EU citizens), naturalisation applications and more. In short: there is no escaping it.

So, we want to hear from you: What has been your experience and importantly do you have any advice for others?

SHOW COMMENTS