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Austrian court convicts 8 Iraqis of gang-raping German

  • A defendant covers his face at the beginning of his trial on gang-raping a German tourist in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Eight Iraqi nationals have been given jail sentences of between nine and 13 years. (AP Photo/Philipp Jenne)

    A defendant covers his face at the beginning of his trial on gang-raping a German tourist in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Eight Iraqi nationals have been given jail sentences of between nine and 13 years. (AP Photo/Philipp Jenne)  (The Associated Press)

  • A defendant covers his face as he is lead out of the court room after his trial on gang-raping a German tourist in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Eight Iraqi nationals have been given jail sentences of between nine and 13 years. (AP Photo/Philipp Jenne)

    A defendant covers his face as he is lead out of the court room after his trial on gang-raping a German tourist in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Eight Iraqi nationals have been given jail sentences of between nine and 13 years. (AP Photo/Philipp Jenne)  (The Associated Press)

An Austrian court has found eight Iraqi nationals of guilty of gang-raping a German tourist and has given them jail sentences of between nine and 13 years.

The court on Thursday dismissed charges against a ninth suspect.

A court statement said that the victim — a 28-year old woman who was raped on New Year's Eve — has been awarded 25,000 euros (over $26,000) in damages.

The statement says that both the prosecution and defense lawyers are appealing the decision.

The Iraqis came to Austria as migrants between May and December 2015. Five of them subsequently were given refugee status.