Rape charge: A dismissal in favor of Gerald Darmanin

A Parisian trial judge on Friday ordered the dismissal in favor of Interior Minister Gerald Dorman, who has been accused of rape since 2017. AFP learned this on Monday from his lawyers, Matthias Sichbordich and Pierre-Olivier Sur.

‘For the fourth time in five years, Mr. Justice confirms that Gerald Dorman cannot be blamed. Two decisions to classify without follow-up followed by two orders of dismissal intervened under the authority of four different judges, including two judges, they noted.

“Our client has always refrained from commenting on court orders and will therefore not comment further,” the two houses said. The minister filed a complaint for defamation. According to lawyers, the complaint follows its course.

A judicial source confirmed to AFP that the dismissal order announced by BFMTV was issued on Friday.

The decision, which is subject to appeal, puts a temporary end to the politically sensitive file, in which the complainant accused Bueva’s tenant of rape, sexual harassment and breach of trust for alleged facts that took place in Paris in 2009. On January 12, the Paris prosecutor’s office has already taken requests in favor of closing the file without prosecution.

Many reviews

Since his appointment in the summer of 2020, and during his recent reappointment, Mr. Dharman’s tenure in government has been the target of much criticism, particularly from feminist positions.

The story begins in 2009 at the headquarters of the UMP, the progenitor of the LR. In 2004, when he wanted to be punished for blackmail and malicious calls against a former comrade, he approached the elected official in charge of the party’s legal affairs department for support.

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According to him, Mr. Darmanin hangs up his favor, writing a letter to the chancellor, asking him in exchange for sex.

According to her account before the investigators, the complainant was not interested in the sexual relationship and would have been ‘panicked’ but would have been forced to ‘go pan’ with ‘no other option’. A few years later, she analyzed these facts as rape and filed a complaint in June 2017.

The trial followed lengthy procedural wrangles before the case was reopened in the summer of 2020 by the trial judge. Neither the complainant nor his lawyer Mee Yan Le Bras immediately responded.

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