An Argentine appeals court has touched off protests by reducing the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a six-year-old boy, on grounds that the victim was a homosexual who had previously been abused by his father.
The Federation of Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transsexuals on Monday called for impeachment trials of the two members of a Buenos Aires appeals court who signed the decision.
The judges — Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Sal Llargues — slashed Mario Tolosa’s prison sentence from six years to three years and two months in a ruling disclosed on Monday.
Tolosa, the vice president of a neighborhood soccer club, had been convicted of abusing the boy in 2011.
In reducing Tolosa’s sentence, the judges reasoned that the boy, having been previously abused by his father, could not have been sexually abused in the same way a second time.
The judges added that “it is clear that the sexual choice of the minor … would already have been made.”
They contended, without any basis, that the child had made “a precocious choice of that sexuality.”
In a radio interview Monday, Piombo defended the ruling, arguing that there were no aggravating circumstances “because the victim experienced the situation previously with another victimizer.”
“The aggravated abuse occurred when the father initiated him in the aberrant” behavior, Piombo said.
Prosecutors appealed the judges’ decision as “perverse and irrational.”
House GOP group wants to pressure Amazon into selling gay conversion therapy books written by long-debunked quack
A key bloc of House Republicans is planning to put pressure on Amazon to once again start selling "gay conversion therapy" books that the website had previously removed for peddling a dangerous, pseudo-scientific procedure that has been linked to suicide and mental health problems.
Vice News reports that the Republican Study Group issued a handout to its members this week encouraging them to raise concerns about "Amazon censorship" of books written by Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the late clinical psychologist who has been credited with pioneering so-called gay conversion therapy techniques.
American Islamic State ‘sniper’ charged in New York: Justice Dept
A naturalized American who was a sniper for the Islamic State group has been charged in New York with material support for a terror group after being captured in Syria and repatriated to the United States, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Kazakhstan-born Ruslan Maratovich Asainov fought for the Islamic State in Syria for five years before he was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces and handed over to US custody, the department said.
Asainov, 43, was brought back to the United States on Thursday and was to be arraigned Friday afternoon in federal court in Brooklyn.
He fought for IS in Syria from 2013 to 2018 as a sniper and a weapons trainer for other combatants.
WATCH: Employee at Tim Hortons slurs Muslim couple and tells them ‘go back to your own country’
According to a report from Deadline Detroit, a Muslim advocacy group has filed a complaint against a local Tim Horton's location after an employee insulted a Muslim couple and told them to "go back to their own country," followed by a sexist slur.
The report states Alaa Kouider and her husband, Ameur Dhaimini, were purchasing coffee at the local fast food location when they got into an argument with the cashier.