Horrific prison rape may have been “initiation ritual”

Horrific prison rape may have been “initiation ritual”

Prison services have opened an inquiry into the horrific “rape” of a prisoner, repeatedly sodomised with a broom handle.
The man, an accountant sentenced to five years for crimes of falsification and fraud, was sent to Carregueira jail in Sintra – the same prison holding VIP convicts including former Benfica boss Vale e Azevedo (money laundering and embezzlement), former Oeiras mayor Isaltino Morais (tax fraud and money laundering) and former TV show host Carlos Cruz (Casa Pia paedophilia case).
The 40-year-old suffered the violent assault the day he arrived, in September last year, writes Correio da Manhã.
He was put into a cell with three inmates and endured three days of abuse before prison guards “noticed he was refusing to get up and go out into the yard”.
Correio da Manhã’s story suggests one of the reasons behind the attack was that the man was wrongly suspected of having sexually abused young boys. It adds that “the rape could have been an initiation ritual”.
“It is a way of adapting to the reality of prison life,” said the paper. First prisoners are put into what is called “an admission cell” – in this case with inmates with a history of violence. “Afterwards they are distributed to normal cells.”
As the inquiry is ongoing, the three prisoners responsible for the rape have been transferred to different jails, while the accountant has had to receive medical assistance for serious injuries, writes Correio da Manhã.
During his ordeal, the man’s attackers are also believed to have tried to force him to ask family members for money.