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Three men accused of raping a woman sent to pre-trial detention without bail

New gang rape case emerges as ongoing Catalan 'wolf pack' trial sparks protests

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09 July 2019 01:15 PM

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ACN | Cambrils

The three men that have been accused of raping a young woman on June 24 in the Tarragona town of Cambrils have been deemed a flight risk and are now in pre-trial detention while a judge investigates the events in question.

This comes as the trial for what has become known as the Catalan “wolf pack” case is underway, in which six men are accused of engaging in an unwanted sexual encounter in 2016 with a then-fourteen-year-old girl.

The ongoing trial has sparked protests throughout Catalonia as many have seen echoes of the Pamplona "wolf pack" case since the public prosecutor asks that the defendants be charged with sexual abuse rather than rape.

In the Cambrils case, the woman left the night club she worked at with some friends and went to someone’s house. There she had consensual sex with one of the three accused, after which she went to another bedroom with him before first one and then another of the two other men entered the room and forced themselves on her.

Upset by the situation, she asked them to stop, but only two of the men did so while the third attempted to keep her in the room against her will. A friend of hers, who is a witness in the case and has corroborated her story, came to her assistance and managed to help her escape.

The judge overseeing the case believes there are “clear signs” that was took place was rape, stating that the woman “was in a state of shock and intimidated by the situation.”

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  • Women at Barcelona's Plaça Sant Jaume show their support for the teenage girl in the Catalan 'wolf pack' case on July 8, 2019 (Pol Solà/ACN)

  • Women at Barcelona's Plaça Sant Jaume show their support for the teenage girl in the Catalan 'wolf pack' case on July 8, 2019 (Pol Solà/ACN)

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