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Young gay man kidnapped and tortured for five days in Guadeloupe

Young gay man kidnapped and tortured for five days in Guadeloupe

Victim was imprisoned in an apartment on the outskirts of Pointe-à-Pitre.

A young gay man was kidnapped and tortured for four to five days in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, prosecutors said on Friday (15 January).

The victim, who is around 20, was imprisoned in an apartment on the outskirts of Pointe-à-Pitre by five people earlier this month because of his sexuality.

Police have arrested four of the five suspects – including two minors.

According to investigators, the young man went to a gathering at one of their homes when the night degenerated into violence.

Police described the victim’s injuries as ‘grave and sordid,’ including several burns from a clothing iron.

The young man eventually managed to escape and was rescued by firefighters on the street.

George Pau-Langevin, minister of France’s overseas territories, ‘strongly’ condemned the ‘homophobic acts.’

‘She deplores the level of violence and recalls the importance of measures to fight against crime deployed locally,’ the minister’s office said in a statement.

It added that the prosecutor’s office had opened a criminal investigation into the kidnapping, illegal restraint to facilitate a crime or offense, and torture or barbarity because of the sexual orientation of the victim.