Dutch Court Convicts Asylum Seeker of Raping Woman

Dutch police officers patrol the Central Station in Amsterdam on March 22, 2016 as security measures were reinforced in the wake of blasts in Brussels. Belgium's neighbours France, Germany and the Netherlands tightened border security after the attacks on Brussels airport and metro system that left at least 26 dead.
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — An asylum seeker in the Netherlands has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for raping a 17-year-old woman after attempting to strangle and drown her.

The rape in September led one local mayor to suggest a curfew for residents of a local asylum-seekers’ center. Bort Koelewijn, mayor of the northeastern town of Kampen, told a local television station last month that such a restriction should be considered to prevent similar attacks in the future.

The 33-year-old rapist was not identified Thursday, in line with Dutch privacy guidelines. Prosecutors said in a statement last month that he lived in an asylum-seekers’ center. Dutch media reported that he was originally from Eritrea.

The sentence was handed down by a court in the northeastern town of Zwolle.

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