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Four Singaporeans arrested on rape charges in Taiwan

Three of them allegedly raped two Taiwanese women they met on social media

Four Singaporean men were detained by police in Taipei for allegedly raping two Taiwanese women, local media reported yesterday.

The four - who are in their early 20s and were identified by their surnames Ong, Tan, Lau and Lim - were on holiday in Taiwan's capital and had arrived last week.

They had met the women on social media, and the six spent Sunday night at a club.

The men subsequently invited the women to their rented apartment in the Datong district, and they spent the rest of the night drinking and chatting.

However, there were conflicting reports of how the alleged rape took place.

Some news outlets said one man allegedly took one woman into a room and raped her, while the other three men took turns to sexually assault the second woman.

Taiwan's Central News Agency, quoting police and the Shihlin District Prosecutors Office, said the men had become drunk and three of them had sexually assaulted the two women.

It said the fourth man had not taken part in the alleged rape. He has since been granted bail of NT$15,000 ($674).

According to Taiwanese news outlet ETtoday, the two women left the apartment at around 4am on Monday.

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One of the women then made a police report later that morning.

All four men, who were said to be leaving for Singapore on Tuesday, were arrested by Taiwanese police at the Ximen subway station in Taipei's Ximending shopping district.

They had their luggage with them, the Prosecutor's Office told The Straits Times.

The three other men are still in custody pending investigations.

The men have reportedly claimed that sex with the two women was consensual.

If convicted of rape, the men face up to 10 years in jail each. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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