Uproar in Liepaja over soft sentences for paedophile pair

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Around 500 angry locals took to the streets of Latvia's third-largest city, Liepaja, Friday to protest against soft sentences handed down to a pair of men locally convicted of sexual offences against a young girl over a five year period. 

The fact that the paedophile pair received only fines and community service for a catalogue of abuse carried out against a young relative between the ages of 5 and 10 has caused a national scandal with parliament indicating it will probe the matter and others suspicious of the motives for imposing such light sentences for such appalling crimes.

According to LSM eyewitnesses, Friday's protest included bikers, mothers with pushchairs and pensioners chanting "Shame on the court!"

The convicted men avoided harsher sentences on the basis that while they had forced the young girl to commit numerous lewd acts, they had not gone so far as to rape her.

A parallel demonstration also took place in Riga.

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