France not to intervene in trial against Pascal Mazurier

France has refused to intervene in a case in which an employee of French consulate in Bangalore has been charged with raping his daughter.

hidden February 22, 2013 21:52:58 IST
France not to intervene in trial against Pascal Mazurier

Bangalore: France has refused to intervene in a case in which an employee of French consulate in Bangalore has been charged with raping his daughter.

French President Francois Hollande's Counsellor for Asia-Pacific at the Elysee, Christian Lechervy, has said France would not contact the Indian government on the ongoing trial against Pascal Mazurier.

France not to intervene in trial against Pascal Mazurier

Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping his daughter. CNN-BN

Lechervy had on Thursday confirmed to lawyers of Suja Jones, who had charged her husband with raping their daughter, that France "is not to take sides in this matter", a press release said.

The representatives of the French Consulate in Bangalore will not be present with the accused during the court hearings, it said.

The Counsellor said the Consular Protection, that is due to all French expatriates, would be made available to the mother and her French children.

Pascal, Consular Attache to the Consulate General of France in Bangalore, was arrested on June 19 last year following a complaint by his wife that he had raped their three-and-a-half year old daughter.

He was chargesheeted on September 17 under Section 376 of IPC for allegedly raping his minor daughter.

The High Court had on October 17 granted conditional bail to Pascal observing that the circumstantial evidence did not 'specify' that he had committed the offence.

PTI

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