Published on: 25/05/2022 – 17:37 The Paris prosecutor’s office indicated on Wednesday that it was not opening a preliminary investigation “as it stands” into the accusations of sexual violence against the new Minister of Solidarity , Damien Abad. In question, the lack of element “allowing to identify the victim of the facts denounced”. No open investigation for the moment. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday May 25 that it was not opening a preliminary investigation “as it stands” into the accusations of sexual violence against the new Minister of Solidarity, Damien Abad, for lack of “an element to identify the victim of the facts denounced “.” As it stands, the Paris prosecutor’s office does not respond to the letter from the Observatory of sexist and sexual violence “, which transmitted to it the testimony of a woman accusing Damien Abad of rape, “for lack of element making it possible to identify the victim of the facts denounced and, therefore, for lack of possibility of proceeding to his detailed hearing”, specified the prosecution. This decision is part of the criminal policy implemented in place for several years by the Paris public prosecutor’s office in terms of sexual violence: an investigation is systematically opened as soon as a victim who is a minor at the time of the events is mentioned, and even in the absence of a complaint, in order in particular to verify whether there are no others. Testimonials But if the facts concern adults, this prosecution reserves the right to open an investigation only if a complaint is filed. The communication from the Paris prosecutor’s office on Wednesday is extremely rare when it comes to explaining why it is not opening an investigation. The day after the appointment of the government of Elisabeth Borne, Mediapart broadcast the testimonies of two women accusing the Minister of Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People of having raped them in 2010 and 2011. autumn 2010. These are the facts that she denounced which were at the heart of the recent report of the Observatory, on which the prosecution did not wish to open an investigation at this stage. The second having testified to Mediapart , Margaux, had gone to a police station to testify in 2012, then had filed a complaint in 2017. She confirmed her story to AFP. The prosecution had indicated on Sunday “that a first complaint filed for acts of rape was dismissed on April 6, 2012 due to the lack of and the complainant”. A second complaint “for the same facts was dismissed on December 5, 2017” for lack of “sufficiently serious offense”. Calls for resignationSince the publication of the articles, Damien Abad has rejected the accusations. “I have never raped a single woman in my life,” he defended himself on Monday. was until recently the boss of the LR deputies. Two and a half weeks before the legislative elections, Emmanuel Macron is put in difficulty by the revelations of sexual violence targeting Damien Abad, the main war prize of post-presidential Macronie. Calls for resignation have multiplied in recent days in the ranks of the opposition and feminist associations. the Observatory of sexist and sexual violence in politics, an association created in February in the wake of the #MeToo movement and which does not escape criticism on possible political motivations. “Should an innocent man resign? I don’t don’t think so,” said Damien Abad. “Justice is the only one who must or can decide”, supported him on Monday, after the first Council of Ministers of the new government, his spokesperson Olivia Grégoire, believing that it was up to justice to “establish the truth” while recalling the “zero tolerance” of the Head of State and the Prime Minister for sex offenders”. Since the publication of the Mediapart article on Saturday relaying the rape accusations, several anonymous testimonies members of LR also reported “heavy”, even “inappropriate” behavior of the new minister, supposedly well known to his political entourage. Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne assured, for her part, “not to have was aware” of these affairs when his government was formed. With AFP
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