Since the acquittal on Friday of the two police officers in the so-called “36 quai des Orfèvres” affair, around a hundred feminist activists have signed a column entitled
France, land of rape impunity?, which the lawyers of the innocents denounce as a
denial of democracy, according to a press release sent Thursday to AFP.
The verdict was
rendered in the name of the French people and
applies to all, recalled the four police lawyers, Anne-Laure Compoint, Pauline Baudu-Armand, Thierry Herzog and Pascal-Pierre Garbarini.
open letter published on Tuesday by The Parisian notably signed by journalist Alice Coffin, comic book author Pénélope Bagieu, lawyer Caroline Mecary, LFI MP Clémentine Autain and many feminist groups, believes that the trial was
that of the victim, Emily Spanton, and that she did not
When you get a trial (for rape, editor’s note), you end up being the “liar”, the “nymphomane”, the culprit, says the text.
Convicted then acquitted
The two exonerated police officers, Nicolas Redouane and Antoine Quirin, had first benefited from a dismissal before being sent back to the Assizes of Paris and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2019. Having appealed, they were retried in 2022 and acquitted by the Assize Court of Val-de-Marne.
The court justified its decision on appeal by
many uncertainties, inaccuracies even
several lies of the Canadian tourist, who accused the two police officers of having raped her in the former headquarters of the PJ in Paris, in April 2014.
We note that none of the signatories from the grandstand
did not have knowledge of the file and did not attend the debates either […] which questions the validity of this controversy, get annoyed by the advice of the two police officers.
Requested by AFP, the general prosecutor’s office of the Court of Cassation indicated that requests for appeal in the interest of the law against the judgment of acquittal had been filed and that they were
currently under review.
This recourse consists in assessing the existence of a possible problem of legality, either of the procedure during the trial or of the reasons for the verdict, but is not likely to annul the decision of acquittal.
On Tuesday, Sophie Obadia, one of the plaintiff’s lawyers, told AFP that she had made such an appeal so that the question of the
toxicological vulnerability, the complainant being heavily alcoholic at the time of the events.
In response, the police lawyers say they cannot
to tolerate that this case, because of its media coverage, be exploited, thus sweeping away the innocence now established and recognized of their customers.