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Bengaluru court acquits former French diplomat accused of raping minor daughter


Bengaluru, Apr 19 (Agencies): A Bengaluru court on Wednesday acquitted former French diplomat Pascal Mazurier, who had been accused of raping his three and a half years old daughter.

According to a report in The Newsminute, a sessions court judge said that there were nor enough evidence to convict the 44-year-old ex-diplomat.

"The Honourble court has taken the evidence into consideration and given the judgment. The police has done a fantastic job," Mazurier’s lawyer said, following the judgment.

The complaint was filed by Mazurier's ex-wife Suja Jones in 2012.

"The allegations were the most heinous of a kind a father would face, so ultimately based on the material and the defense we have taken, the honorable court came to a right conclusion that the offences have not been proved and ordered the acquittal of Mr. Pascal," his counsel told ANI after the hearing.

Speaking to ANI after his acquittal, Pascal admitted that it was mental trauma to be falsely accused, to be separated from his children and to stay for so long out of his country, during which time, he lost some dear ones.

"So yes its joy today to finally see the truth. It's almost a five year long battle, so I'm happy. Let me get the copy of judgment, then we will take the next step. Not so many people supported me. I was not in my country, I was alone. All I had was my lawyers," he added.

Despite the Vienna convention stating that a diplomat cannot be arrested or detained, Mazurier, however, was arrested on on June 15, 2012. An FIR was registered against Mazurier, who was the deputy head of chancery at the French Consulate in Bangalore, under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (punishment for rape) at the High Grounds police station.

On February 11, 2014, a sessions court in New Delhi had framed charges against Mazurier, after it earlier refused to discharge him on ground that there was sufficient evidence for him to face trial.

Police filed an additional charge sheet against Mazurier in January 2013, with a detailed report of doctors who said the accused sodomised and raped his daughter for two years.

In 2014, he had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention for expediting the trial in the case.

In a letter to Modi, Mazurier made an appeal to put the case on fast track as his grandmother was on death bed and wanted to see him.

 

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Thu, Apr 20 2017

    costliest life destroying experience for this french guy by marrying from God's own country.

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  • Vicky D, Dubai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Beeliye holava meydare!!!

    It's a painful life for any child to go through this situation of shame & guilt injected by the very people who suppose to protect them!

    Don't expect such children to be humble & honest when they grow up!!!!!

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Now who has insulted our investigating agency, the police and our judiciary system?? ?. No wonder he was running to Pakistan uninvited with love as a anti national.

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  • concerned citizen, Global citizen

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    1) On February 11, 2014, a sessions court in New Delhi had framed charges against Mazurier, after it earlier refused to discharge him on ground that there was sufficient evidence for him to face trial.

    YES, SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE

    2)Police filed an additional charge sheet against Mazurier in January 2013, with a detailed report of doctors who said the accused sodomised and raped his daughter for two years.

    DO YOU MEAN THE POLICE AND DOCTORS MADE A MISTAKE? IS THAT POSSIBLE?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    After writing off his loans,
    Mallya will also be acquitted ...

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 20 2017

    Jossey Saldanha,

    Do you really believe that Modi had something to do with writing off Mallya's loans?

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Is Modi's "Clean Chit" clean enough for French courts???. A challenge to Modi's contraversial administration. Fake Vs Real.

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  • shan, dubai

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Rape, corruption, murder in other places is treated as criminal activity. Most of the countries are giving severe punishment to these criminals. India is giving other nations that in India these are pity crimes and acquits them without any punishment.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Apr 19 2017

    Did he praise Modi???

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