The Malaysian police have released four suspects on bail who were allegedly involved in the gang rape of a 30-year-old Nigerian woman and arrested the victim instead – for entering the country illegally.
When news of the scandal emerged a #JusticeForNicole movement and petition was launched she was arrested for not having legal documents while her alleged rapists apparently led by a wealthy business man’s son went free.
The Nigerian victim was hospitalised in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur between 4th and 6th June after reportedly visiting the home of a male friend she had just met.
The unnamed woman claimed that a gang was waiting for her and that she was then beaten and raped by the man and his friends, according to local media.
She said she was then taken to another address where she was raped again and then kept captive until a woman at the scene helped her to escape, according to reports.
Once free, she sought hospital treatment and reported the incident to the police five days after it allegedly took place.
Police spokesperson Mazlan Lazim told local media that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the allegation and that they are continuing to search for three other men.
Local media said the detainees were three men and a Thai woman.
Lazim said: “They were remanded for five days from 5th to 9th June. All three male suspects were given police bail on 9th June, after the application to continue remand was rejected.”
Lazim said the Nigerian victim was in the meantime arrested for not having a valid visa and is being held at Kajang Prison as the probe into her alleged offence continues.
The rape allegation is still under investigation.