'Ride rapists' sentenced to six, nine years

Two remaining members of a serial rape gang convicted in the rape of a 13-year-old girl.

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Two members of a serial rape gang were sentenced on Sunday by Haifa District Court to six and nine years respectively for their part in the rape of a 13-year-old girl in 2005. Ghadir Rami, 21, and Ghadir Alah, 19, from the village of Bir al-Mahsur, in company with three other men, targeted the girl as she was walking home in Kiryat Yam, near Haifa. The group lured the girl into their car by offering her a ride, but then took her to Zevulun Beach. There they molested and raped her. The girl has been suffering from acute post-traumatic disorder since the rape , and is currently staying at a hospice. The conviction was the last in a string of cases dealing with the so-called "ride rapists," a gang which committed at least four rapes between 2005 and 2006. In all cases, the victims were either hitchhiking or forced into the gang's car and taken to a remote location where they were raped violently. All the other members of the gang were convicted earlier in the month. Salem Hamed Hujeirat, the leader, was sentenced to 23 years, including a three-year suspended sentence. A one-year suspended sentence given to him for past offenses was also put into effect. Another member of the gang, Allah Yusser Hujeirat, was sentenced to 15 years, including a three-year suspended sentence. The remaining two gang members participated in one rape and were each sentenced to 12 years, including three-year suspended sentences. One of the latter is a minor. In addition, they were ordered to pay stiff compensation to the victims.