Muslim Asylum Seeker Charged in Kidnap, Rape of 9-Year-Old Boy

Australia: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that a man accused of abducting and raping a nine-year-old boy is an Afghan asylum-seeker.

Omid Roshan, 21, has been charged with abduction, two counts of rape and three counts of committing an indecent act with a child following the alleged incident in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs earlier this month. He was arrested by the NSW sexual crime squad in Sydney last week after Victorian detectives learned that he had travelled interstate.

It is alleged Mr Roshan, who lived in Dandenong, asked the boy to get into his car in the neighbouring suburb of Doveton and then drove to nearby Eumemmerring before sexually assaulting him. The boy was later released. Mr Roshan faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday and did not seek bail.

Mr Morrison yesterday confirmed Mr Roshan was an Afghan asylum-seeker who would not live in the community while facing criminal charges. “If this individual for whatever reason happens to be released by the court to face it on another occasion then he will go straight back into detention,” Mr Morrison told Sydney radio 2GB.

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