French Court Dismisses Rape Case Against Interior Minister Darmanin - Reports
Umer Jamshaid Published January 24, 2023 | 04:10 PM
PARIS (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 24th January, 2023) The Paris Court of Appeal dismissed on Tuesday the rape case against French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin due to the absence of evidence a crime was committed, Le Parisien daily reported.
The case was opened in 2017 after Sophie Patterson-Spatz filed a lawsuit against Darmanin, accusing him of rape and abuse of trust back in 2009.
According to Patterson-Spatz, she sought legal assistance from Darmanin, who at that time was a member of the Union for a Popular Movement party (the predecessor of France's The Republicans party), and he demanded a "return service" from her.
In 2018, a court in Paris dismissed the case against Darmanin based on lack of corpus delicti or evidence of a crime but in 2019, a court of cassation ordered that the legality of the case termination be reviewed.