- The Washington Times - Friday, September 2, 2016

Lacking remorse, a 20-year-old Muslim refugee in Australia told a court at his sentencing that what he did to a 10-year-old boy in a January 2015 sexual assault is acceptable where he comes from.

Mufiz Rahaman told Sydney’s Downing Centre Court raping children was not seen as morally wrong in his native Myanmar when he pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old refugee on Wednesday,” the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper said Thursday, citing original reporting by the Sydney Daily Telegraph. 

Mr. Rahaman’s guilt had been convincingly established by a DNA test, noted the Mail, and witness testimony in court established that Mr. Rahaman offered to pay the young boy for the sexual encounter, or possibly to buy his silence.

He has been sentenced to five years in prison but could be eligible for probation in March 2018.

“There is a need for specific deterrence. … The offence [sic] appears to have been (viewed) as being culturally acceptable conduct in the offender’s childhood,”  Judge Andrew Scotting said. Mr. Rahaman reportedly told the court that he himself had been sexually abused as a minor.

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