A key member of the notorious rapist Skaf group has spoken from prison for the first time and said he & # 39; no empathy & # 39; has for the women he attacked.
Mohammed Skaf was 17 when he was sentenced to 32 years behind bars for his part in a series of violent gang rapes that shocked Sydney before the 2000 Olympic Games.
He later ordered that sentence to be sentenced to 22 years on appeal.
Now 36, Skaf is still remorseful and claims that he must be released, tellingly The Sunday Telegraph he is not a danger to society, despite the fact that his crimes are described by a judge as & # 39; worse than murder & # 39 ;.
Mohammed Skaf (photo) was 17 years old when he was sentenced to 32 years behind bars for his involvement with a group of men who fell prey to women in southwest Sydney
He also refuses to apologize to the women whose testimonies have landed him behind bars.
Skaf belonged to a group of Lebanese-Australian men, including his brother Bilal, who brutally raped six women and girls in 2000, one as young as 14.
But he maintains his innocence – and says that both he and his brother were the victims of an unfortunate case of a wrong identity.
& # 39; I am not a danger to society and I am not a rapist. What she claimed against me was not true … I shouldn't have been in jail to begin with, & he said.
He also admitted that he feels no empathy towards his prosecutor and wondered how he could ever have & # 39; empathy for someone who had not been raped by me?
Mohamed Skaf (pictured at the time of his arrest) denies any misconduct for the 2,000 gang rapes of several young women. He now wants to be released from prison to start a new life
The woman in question was only 16 at the time of the attacks.
She considered the younger Skaf brother a friend and agreed to go with him to Gosling Park in Greenacre.
SKAF GANG RAMPAGE: A TIMELINE
August 10, 2000: Two teenagers (one 17 and the other 18) were offered drugs. They were taken by car to the gang that waited in Northcote Park in Greenacre.
They were forced to perform sexual acts with eight men.
August 12, 2000: Mohammed took a 16-year-old friend with him to his brother and friends. Bilal and another man raped the girl for 12 men.
August 30, 2000: Woman only known as Mrs. C was raped by Mohamed, who told her that he & # 39; her Leb style & # 39; caught.
She was taken to a separate location and raped and attacked by 14 men for six hours.
September 4, 2000: Two girls were attacked at a train station and taken to a house where they were attacked by three men over a five-hour period.
There she was raped by Bilal Skaf and another man, while 12 others watched and laughed at her.
She managed to escape and told the police about her ordeal – including having a gun to her head.
But Skaf claimed that he had never sexually abused her.
& # 39; It was a girl I saw, & # 39; he said. & # 39; She accused my brother of sexual violence. He wasn't actually there. & # 39;
He also denied any involvement in the sexual assault of another woman at a train station.
The woman, only known as Mrs. C, identified Skaf as the perpetrator and told the court that he said just before the attack: & I'm going to you in Leb Leb style & # 39; fucking.
She was then taken to another location where she was sexually assaulted by a total of 14 men and played and an & # 39; Aussie pig & # 39; cried in a six-hour test.
Skaf is eligible for conditional release. He has served the minimum sentence, but the authorities are reluctant to release him from prison due to his lack of regret.
During a hearing last month, the Serious Offenders Review Council identified Skaf as a & # 39; threat to society & # 39; and added that he has shown no regrets for his actions.
& # 39; It seems that he still blames the victims for his insult, has no empathy for the victim and refuses to take responsibility for his actions. & # 39;
The young men involved in the gang were monitored by police when they visited Bondi Beach on October 7, 2000. Right to left: Mahmoud Chami, Belal Hajeid and Mohamed Ghanem
Bilal Skaf (photo), Mohamed & # 39; s older brother, was determined to be the leader of the corrupt gang
Skaf was also rated as a & # 39; medium to high risk & # 39; to insult again in the coming five years.
He and his brother are the only two members of the gang who stay behind bars.
However, the 36-year-old eagerly anticipates his post-prison life and says he is still stuck in the early 2000s & # 39; after having spent his entire adult life so far behind bars.
He said he was poorly treated in prison and embarked on a & # 39; unfair trial & # 39; is subject, but hopes to study architecture and start a family after his release.
The rapists originally received sentences of more than 240 years in total, with Bilal Skaf imprisoned for 55 years, later reduced to a minimum of 28.
Judge Michael Finnane compared the corruption of the Skaf gang with acts committed by invading wartime armies and said their crimes were worse than murder. goods.
Mohammed & # 39; s brother Bilal Skaf (photo) led a gang of more than a dozen young Lebanese Australians who raped four young women at the end of 2000
WHY THE SKAF GANG RAPES & # 39; WORSE THAN MURDER & # 39; GOODS
Bilal Skaf led a gang of more than a dozen young Lebanese Australians who committed four rapes to six teenagers at the end of 2000.
One of the victims, an 18-year-old woman, was raped 40 times by 14 gang members for four hours in an attack coordinated by the mobile phone. She was then dumped at a train station after she was rinsed.
During her ordeal, the woman became an & # 39; Aussie pig & # 39; mentioned, she said she used the & # 39; Leb-style & # 39; went and asked if & # 39; Leb c *** tasted better than Aussie c *** & # 39 ;.
The rapists were punished for a total of more than 240 years, with Bilal Skaf imprisoned for 55 years, later reduced to a minimum of 28.
Judge Michael Finnane compared the corruption of the Skaf gang with atrocities committed by invading war-time armies and said their crimes were worse than murder. goods.
& # 39; These were not random attacks and in my opinion they focused on creating terror in the community & # 39 ;, Judge Finnane said.
& # 39; It seemed clear to me that these men sent a message to the Sydney community. Skaf and the members of this gang clearly wanted public recognition for what they had done. & # 39;
None of the rapists has ever regretted their crimes.
Only Bilal Skaf and his brother Mohammed are still in prison for the rapes.
Many of the rapists have never been identified and the police fear that there are more victims who did not come forward.
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