India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

Pascal Mazurier (C), an ex-French consular officer who once worked for the French Consulate in Bangalore, holds a placard along with his father Jack Mazurier (L) after a press conference in Bangalore on June 17, 2015.Image copyright
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Pascal Mazurier (centre) was arrested in 2012 and released on bail

A former French diplomat charged with raping his three-year-old daughter in India has been cleared of all charges.

Pascal Mazurier, who was a consular official in the southern city of Bangalore, was arrested in 2012 after complaints from his Indian wife.

Mr Mazurier’s lawyer praised police for doing a “fantastic job” and told reporters the court issued its verdict after considering all the evidence.

His wife, Suja Jones Mazurier, has said she will appeal against the verdict.

She told an Indian television channel that his acquittal meant that her daughter “did not get justice”.

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The verdict was announced by a special fast track Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) court, which had examined 27 witnesses during the course of the trial.

Mr Mazurier was arrested and held in the crowded Parapanna Agrahara jail for three days, before being released on bail for 100,000 rupees ($1,548; £1,205).

He had spoken out against his arrest, insisting that he was innocent.

India French envoy Pascal Mazurier acquitted of raping daughter

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