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German teenager raped on Turkish beach

A 17-year-old girl German girl has allegedly been raped on a beach by six men while on holiday in Turkey.

German teenager raped on Turkish beach
Photo: DPA

The girl, from the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, was apparently sexually assaulted in the coastal city of Side, the German Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday.

Two men, named by daily Bild as Ali Recep, 33, and Murat Eraslan, 31, have been remanded in custody and four others have been released on bail pending trial.

They face jail terms of up to 15 years.

Bild reported that the attack took place at 3:30 am Wednesday morning and that the young woman had a blood alcohol level of 0.198 percent (or 1.98 promille).

The Foreign Ministry spokesman declined to give further details, however, saying Germany wanted first to wait for the outcome of the investigation by Turkish authorities.

The girl was on holiday with her mother at the historic coastal city of Side, about 80 kilometres from Antalya. She is now back in Germany.

Her attackers were reportedly construction workers at a nearby mosque.

The investigation reportedly hinges on surveillance videos. Turkish media have reported that the girl had been alone on a beach following a party. She was initially attacked by two men, who were later joined by the other four.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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