I don’t know what to make of these boys. Whether these brothers did or didn’t rape the girl is not for me to determine, but I did find interesting two things that they and their family said:

Brothers who fled Kosovo sentenced to 10 to 40 years for Kentwood rape
(Dec. 8, The Grand Rapids Press)

GRAND RAPIDS — After brothers Nesret and Imer Gashi were sentenced to 10 to 40 years behind bars Wednesday after pleading no-contest to raping a young woman, the men’s family said they see the prison terms as a grave injustice visited upon their family by the American judicial system.

“The Serbs have not done anything to us compared to what the Americans have done,” said Vahide Gashi on Wednesday, not long after Kent County Circuit Judge George Buth handed down the sentence for her sons, 22-year-old Nesret and 20-year-old Imer.

The brothers were Albanian refugees when they came to America as children in 1999, along with their family.

The 19-year-old victim reported that on Feb. 24, she had stopped with a friend at the Kentwood apartment of Nesret Gashi. The young woman said he carried her to a bedroom and then he and his brother sexually assaulted her multiple times before letting her leave the room.

The young woman said she did not report the assault because she was frightened of them. She also said that after the alleged rapes, she grabbed her friend who was in another bedroom with a different young man, and the two left right away.

In 2008, an accusation of rape against the brothers ended with the prosecution deciding there was not enough evidence to convict. Those charges were dropped.

But this second accusation had the brothers facing life in prison if convicted. They were charged with six counts of rape for each separate act against the woman and for aiding the other brother in their rape of the woman.

Instead, lawyers for the brothers worked out an agreement with the Kent County Prosecutor’s office that had the pair pleading no-contest to one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, with a sentencing agreement that the minimum sentence would fall between five and 11 years.

“There is a pattern of assaultive behavior here,” Buth said. “The court believes these charges are valid.”

Before sentencing, the brothers told the judge there was no rape and the sex was consensual.

Nesret Gashi wept as he spoke about his newborn son, whom he has not seen because he was born while his father was in jail. Now, he’s headed to prison for at least a decade.

“I am not a rapist,” Nesret Gashi said. “I would never do that. I believe if someone does rape, they should not go to prison, they should be hung.”

Imer Gashi asked the judge to pay attention to the actions of the victim, who was in the courtroom and at times laughed as the two spoke. Neither she nor her family made a statement.

“They think this is a joke,” he said.

The sister of the two men was outraged with the sentence and said it showed that racism against her people continues, even in America.

“If my brothers were American, this case never would have made it to trial,” said Mira Kajolli. “That they take away brothers, sons, grandsons and a father with no other evidence except her words is a despicable thing for America to do.”

How big an inferiority complex does a people have to have to attribute this rather typical he-said-she-said rape case…to racism? How well does the sister even think Americans know what Albanians are? I’ve never had a Kosovo conversation without having to explain to someone what Kosovo is (the site of our most recent pre-9/11 war), or what Albanians are. And when did the supposed “anti-Albanian racism by Serbs” become a general “racism against her people,” which “continues”? Was it known to be a wide phenomenon? Who knew it was America’s racism against this little-known tribe that caused us to bomb their ethnic rivals for them.

Obviously, Mira, your brothers’ being Albanian did not register in any way, since this girl was coming over their place to hang out. In fact, if the girl had even one racist friend or relative to warn her about doing that, then your brothers would have been spared this “racist” sentence.

Actually, someone might have warned her to steer clear of these brothers for another reason. The article above mentions that there was a 2008 case. Readers of this blog will remember being introduced to the Gashi brothers that year. The rape case against them by another girl was dropped because the alleged victim was deemed not credible. But get a load of the similar victim-mongering the Gashi family was doing at the time:

The boys’ mother, Vahide Gashi, talked of her children’s fearful nights remembering the horrors of war and ethnic cleansing they witnessed or heard about in their homeland.

“The children come to our bed, I tell them go back to bed,” said Vahide Gashi back when her sons were 9 and 11. “They tell me they are too scared.”

The same news item gave us further insight into “American anti-Albanianism”:

In 1999, The Press ran a series of articles tracing the lives of the Gashi family as they made their way in West Michigan — among 150 families who did so that year.

Michigan must be real proud of their model refugee family now.

In addition to the Albanian inferiority complex which I’ve pointed out — and which, like other groups’ inferiority complexes, has led Albanians to a supremacy agenda — I will also point out that what we have here is yet two more 1999 “refugees” who have gotten themselves and others into a pickle. (Ft. Dix plot weapons procurer Agron Abdullahu, and the guy who flooded a prison cell in Greenwich, CT last month are just two other examples off the top of my head — and that’s not to mention the Kosovo “refugees” who run London crime.)

And again, “refugees” from what threat? Now that the brothers themselves have informed us that whatever it was the Serbs were supposedly doing to them was NOTHING compared to doing five to 10 years in prison. So either prison time is worse than genocide, torture, rape, repression, oppression and ethnic cleansing — or that’s not what was going on. Noted.

Meanwhile, the phenomenon of the Albanian inmate becoming a father while in jail is becoming familiar as well. As the judge in the Ft. Dix case said, “Congratulations.”