Friday, May 2, 2014

France: Update--Developments in Rape of Canadian Tourist, 34, at Police Headquarters in Paris

According to The National Post and AFP, two police officers with an elite Paris unit have been charged with raping a Canadian woman at police headquarters.

France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said the officers will face the “full consequences” of the law if they are found guilty. 

Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday (April 27) that both police officers, who haven’t been named, as well as a third who has been described as a witness, have been suspended pending the investigation’s outcome.

The Canadian tourist, 34, from Toronto, first met the off-duty officers in an Irish pub close to the police headquarters on Tuesday (April 22).

Media reports reveal that the victim later agreed to follow them to their headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfevres. 

COMMENT: Media reports reveal  that the victim say the woman left the headquarters emotionally distraught and told another officer that she had been raped while in police headquarters.

The woman has undergone a medical examination and DNA samples have been taken, according to the reports.

Sebastien Schapira, a lawyer for one of the accused officers, denied his client did anything wrong, saying that the sexual relations were "consensual."

Schapira said the Canadian woman has returned home after charging that she had been raped, but believes she should be in France while the investigation continues.

I would concur with attorney Schapira, with the stipulation that all of the rape victim's living expenses while in France should be borne by the French government.