9 Iraqi men arrested in New Year’s Day rape in Austria

Austrian police say they’ve arrested nine Iraqi men on suspicion of rape for an attack on a German tourist in Vienna on New Year’s Day.

Vienna police spokesman Paul Eidenberger tells The Associated Press on Monday that the men range in age from 21 to 47 and are all either asylum seekers or recently were granted asylum.

They are alleged to have taken the woman from Vienna’s downtown Schwedenplatz and then assaulted her in an apartment where two of the suspects lived.

Police say the men have denied the accusations. Eidenberger says the woman, who had been drinking and suspects she was drugged, has no recollection of being taken to the apartment. Police say they used DNA evidence and video surveillance to build their case.

— AP

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