Two Pakistani UN soldiers jailed for raping Haitian boy

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 00:57

London: Two UN peacekeepers from Pakistan
have been sentenced to a year in prison and sacked from the
army for raping a 14-year-old boy in Haiti, a media report
on Tuesday said.

The soldiers were found guilty by a Pakistani military
tribunal in Haiti and will serve their terms back home, BBC
reported.

The attack in Gonaives in January was not the first time
UN peacekeepers have been accused of assault.

Last year, five Uruguayan soldiers were accused of
sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a UN base, it said.

In that case a video which purported to show the attack
was posted on the internet, leading to protests in the Haitian
capital, Port-au-Prince, and calls for the UN to leave the
country.

There have also been demands that UN soldiers should be
stripped of their immunity and be tried by Haitian courts, the
news network said.

Yesterday`s ruling was the first time that UN personnel
have been tried and sentenced while still in the country.
Haitian Justice Minister Michel Brunache said the verdict
was a small step in the right direction but that "we expected
more from the UN and the Pakistani government".

The UN peacekeeping mission has been deployed in Haiti
since 2004.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 00:50

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