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Budapest Police Hunt for Man Accused of Sexual Assault

Gábor Sarnyai 2018.09.10.

A European warrant has been issued for an 18-year-old Afghan refugee under suspicion of rape, a police spokesperson revealed during a press conference Sunday.

According to police, in the early hours of Sunday morning, Sarhadi Bilal Ahmad – who had been granted asylum in the country – sexually assaulted a woman in the toilet of a fast-food restaurant in central Budapest.

New information has been released about the attacker. Sarhadi Bilal Ahmad committed sexual assaults on June 11th in Dohány utca and on June 20th near Király utca prior to the new offense. Officials have charged him with sexual battery in connection with the two cases.

The Budapest police have set up a special team to investigate the case and have contacted their Austrian and German counterparts.

Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister of Homeland Security, György Bakondi has urged authorities to use any force necessary to catch Sarhadi. He also highlighted the connection between illegal migration and increasing sexual violence.

“It must be understood that Muslim culture has a different attitude towards women and how to respect them than Christian culture does,” Bakondi said, adding that “European Christian culture respects, appreciates and protects women.”