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Friday January 10, 2014

Colombian Police Arrest 5 After Rape Video Posted on Facebook

Colombian Police Arrest 5 After Rape Video Posted on Facebook

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Police arrested five people in connection with a video posted on Facebook that appears to show a woman being sexually assaulted, Colombian authorities said Friday.

The apparent rape took place Dec. 28, according to the time and date code on the video, at a location in the central municipality of Chinchina.

The video came to the attention of authorities and the public on Thursday, spurring outrage and a hunt for the people involved.

“We have five people in custody: one adult; four minors, youths of 17,” the regional police commander, Gen. Mireya Cordon Lopez, told RCN Radio.

The focus now is on determining whether a rape actually occurred or the video is just a joke in very poor taste, she said, adding that police have yet to identify the woman seen.

In the clip posted on Facebook, a man assaults a half-unconscious woman while other males stand by and watch.

The video was accompanied by some text in which the owner of the Facebook page identifies himself as the person who shot the clip.

“We are trying to learn who that person (the apparent victim) is, to try to establish what happened in that regrettable video,” Gen. Cordon said.

The investigation is in the hands of a special team of police and personnel from the Attorney General’s Office, she said.

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