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Two jailed in UAE rape case
HIV positive man found guilty of sexually assaulting French boy in Dubai.
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2007 16:36 GMT
Dubai has a large expatriate community [AP]
Two men have been sentenced to 15 years in prison by a court in Dubai for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a French teenage boy.
 
The lawyer for the 15-year-old boy said the prosecution would appeal for a tougher sentence against the two United Arab Emirates nationals aged 36 and 18, the elder of whom is HIV positive.
The boy's mother said the elder of the defendants should have been jailed for life.
 
"We are content that they are declared guilty, but 15 years for [the man with HIV] is nothing," Veronique Robert told Reuters after the trial.
Medical tests
 
"I will fight, even for the rest of my life, to ensure [he] gets what he deserves... he should never get out of jail, at least to ensure the safety of other boys and girls."

She said the family was still waiting for medical results to confirm her son was not HIV positive.

She said he was also at risk of contracting hepatitis C, an infectious blood-borne disease affecting the liver.

A juvenile court in Dubai is trying a third suspect, aged 17 in the same case. His trial is due to resume on December 25.

One of the defence lawyers said the victim had fabricated his story and that "he had agreed to the sex act with the three men".

Hussein al-Jaziri, the victim's lawyer, said he would appeal and demand the maximum penalty within the next two weeks.

"Justice is done as they were declared guilty... but the term itself, it is not enough," al-Jaziri said.

"The case has not ended yet. There is an appeal, there is a higher court and this case will develop further."

'Tricked'

Those convicted of sexual assault can face the death penalty or a life sentence.

The boy returned to Switzerland last month after testifying.

He told the closed court session that he and a friend were tricked into getting into a car in July by the youngest suspect, an acquaintance who offered to drive them home from a shopping mall where they had been playing videogames.

They then took the boys to an isolated spot, raped the French boy and dropped off both of them near a Dubai hotel, the boy said in testimony recounted by his mother.

"[My son] is going to be really disappointed believe me because he wants a big justice," Robert said.

"We will be very lucky if turns out he does not have Aids... but we will appeal regardless of the medical results," she said.

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