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Women raped by serial predator UN worker speak out at sentencing

Women who had been drugged and sexually assaulted by a former UN worker gave impassioned statements at his sentencing in Manhattan federal courtroom Thursday — blasting the fiend as a “predator and a rapist” whose story “ends here today.” 

Karim Elkorany, 39, was sentenced to fifteen years in jail — the utmost underneath a plea deal — by Judge Naomi Buchwald, who lauded the victims for talking out towards the serial rapist. 

“I want to commend the women who displayed such incredible courage in speaking up and participating in the judicial process. You were so brave and so articulate,” Buchwald mentioned. 

Before the sentence was imposed, 9 ladies who had been assaulted by Elkorany advised the courtroom –in particular person or over the cellphone — how the assaults had upended their lives and left them shattered. 

“His crime destroyed my life, and I’ve spent the last six years trying to rebuild it, piece by painstaking piece,” the primary girl, recognized as “victim-1,” mentioned.

“There is no part of me that has gone untouched,” she continued, sometimes pausing to compose herself and wipe tears from her eyes. “The trauma I experienced as a result of the assault spread like a cancer into every corner of my life, and I am still discovering areas it infected.”

The girl mentioned she was a contract journalist when she met Elkorany in Kurdistan in 2016, the place he was working at the time as a communications specialist for the United Nations.

A picture of A UN disarmament experts's vehicle leaves Canal hotel.
Karim Elkorany (not above) was sentenced to fifteen years in jail — the utmost underneath a plea deal – by Judge Naomi Buchwald.
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She agreed to satisfy him one evening at a restaurant frequented by help employees and reporters, the place he drugged her drink, she advised the choose. From there, she recollects solely “flashes” of reminiscence of being pushed to an condominium constructing’s storage and later being raped by the sadistic fiend. 

Elkorany drugged and sexually assaulted 13 ladies over 17 years in Iraq, Egypt and US, prosecutors from the Southern District of New York mentioned. 

Many of the assaults mirrored victim-1’s expertise. Elkorany, who was “gregarious” and “charismatic” drew in younger, engaging ladies with tales about their shared curiosity within the Middle East or humanitarian work. 

He then drugged his victims and sexually assaulted them whereas they had been partially or absolutely incapacitated. 

Another sufferer, who met Elkorany in Egypt round 2010, turned and immediately addressed her attacker within the courtroom.

“Your story ends here today, Karim. You are and forever will be known as a predator and a rapist,” she mentioned, studying from ready remarks. “The women you victimized are some of the most talented and strongest women I know.”

The girl advised Elkorany that the toughest a part of the abuse was her reminiscence being stolen from her by the medicine he used to incapacitate her. 

“There’s still so much I don’t know. Which drugs did you use? And how much? I have scattered memories and flashbacks of your penetrating me, of your standing awkwardly at the side of your bed leering over me. Did you take pictures? Did you think about doing it again?” she mentioned.

In a short assertion at the listening to, Elkorany apologized to his victims and mentioned he’d work to higher himself in jail. 

“My actions will follow me for the rest of my life as they should. The rest of my life will itself be filled with regret and remorse,” he mentioned.

Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the SDNY, praised the victims for talking out.

“We express deep gratitude to all of the victims for their bravery in coming forward and remain committed to doing all we can to bring perpetrators like Elkorany to justice,” he mentioned in a press release.

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