Bengaluru court acquits former French diplomat charged with raping his daughter

Court acquits suspended French consular official of rape

The case against Mazurier was registered in June 2012 after his wife Suja Jones approached police in Bengaluru accusing her husband of rapping their daughter. The CCRU report, which was widely circulated in the media, said the child bore tell-tale marks of sexual abuse and there were traces of semen on her clothes.

The judgment was delivered in the presence of Pascal Mazurier.

"I am happy that justice has been done to me though it has been a long battle", Mazurier told reporters outside the court later. During the same year, the Karnataka High Court had granted bail to Mazurier since there was no prima facie evidence against Mazurier. I am a loving father.

A sessions court on Wednesday held that there was not enough evidence to prove charges against Mazurier and acquitted him.

Pascal was arrested on June 19, 2012 based on the complaint filed by his wife, a Keralite.

The estranged couple were married in France in 2001 and have three children - two sons and a daughter.

Mazurier, who was working in the French consulate in Bangalore when he was arrested, had always denied the charge.

The Vienna convention, in which Indian and France are signatories, states that a diplomat can not be arrested or detained.

Jones said she would file an appeal, which could add several months or years to the legal process if followed through. His arrest came after the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified that he did not enjoy any diplomatic immunity.

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