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Police question rape suspect

UPDATED: Police in Oslo were investigating reports of another rape over the weekend, this one just outside the main entrance to the Parliament building (Stortinget) in the heart of town.

Witnesses said they saw a women being raped at around 2:30am on Sunday and police believe some of them filmed the assault on their mobile phones. That was later confirmed on video from security cameras in the area. By the time police arrived on the scene, however, both the alleged rapist and his victim had disappeared.

A 15-year-old suspect was later arrested and charged with the rape, after having been tracked by a security guard inside the Parliament building, but police still hadn’t managed to find the victim as of Wednesday morning, reports Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). She was said to have appeared intoxicated.

It wasn’t possible for police to keep the suspect in custody because of his age and because the victim still hadn’t come forward or filed a police report against her attacker. Police themselves charged him with having sexual relations with a person who was unable to resist, but since no overt violence was evident from videos of the incident, they can’t charge rape themselves. Police believe the lack of violence explains why passers-by failed to try to stop the incident.

Oslo has been shaken by a series of sexual assaults this year and another attempted rape occurred earlier this month. Police have urged women not to walk home alone late at night.

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