13 November 2012

Namibia: Girl, 10, Testifies in Rape Case

A TEN-YEAR-OLD girl yesterday testified in a rape case against United Arab Emirates (UAE) national Ali Said Abdullah Allanasri (40) in the Keetmanshoop Regional Court.

Allanasri has pleaded not guilty to charges that include two counts of rape and abduction.

It is alleged that Allanasri, an employee of the Al-Dhahra Agriculture Company cultivating dates in partnership with the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC), was caught by the girl’s uncle while sexually molesting her in his car at the Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop at the beginning of January.

The girl, seated next to her mother in the courtroom, yesterday testified that Allanasri had asked her to drive with him to his house while she was watching television at her uncle's friend's house.

Along the way, Allanasri pulled over at a dumpsite and ordered her to perform oral sex on him, she testified.

Asked by defence counsel Percy McNally how she had responded to Allanasri's request to accompany him to his house, the girl responded: “I said OK”.

When again asked why she had agreed to accompany Allanasri, whom she barely knew, the girl responded: “He was my uncle's friend,” and added “I don't know” after a pause.

State Prosecutor Veiko Alexander prosecuted.

The trial continues today.

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