French court dismisses rape case against minister

The Paris Courtroom of Enchantment on Tuesday upheld the closure of a rape case towards Residence Secretary Gerald Darmanin, though his accuser stated she would proceed to combat to see it heard.

Chief Prosecutor Remy Heitz stated the courtroom upheld the dismissal of the case, which stems from a 2017 grievance by Sophie Patterson-Spatz that Darmanin raped her in 2009.

The ruling is a lift for Darmanin, 40, a younger high-flying determine on the right-wing of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist authorities, who is usually harsh on tackling unlawful immigration and crime.

“For the fifth time in practically six years, the justice system has decided that Gerald Darmanin can’t be charged with an indecent act,” his legal professionals Pierre-Olivier Sur and Mathias Chichportich stated, including that the minister “won’t make any additional feedback.” .

“What a shock,” Patterson-Spatz’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, wrote on Twitter, including that her shopper would take her case to France’s prime courtroom, the Courtroom of Cassation and the European Courtroom of Human Rights if she had been there ought to fail.

Patterson-Spatz and her legal professionals say Darmanin extorted intercourse from the plaintiff in change for intervening in a case towards her whereas he was working within the authorized division of the conservative UMP occasion — since renamed Republican.

Darmanin admits to having intercourse with Patterson-Spatz however says it was consensual.

In 2021, a coroner stated the case ought to be dropped, noting that whereas Patterson-Spatz’s “sincerity … couldn’t be doubted,” she “made a aware resolution to have intercourse with[Darmanin]in hope.” that her felony case shall be heard once more”.

“The legislation is to not be confused with morality,” the decide added, saying the plaintiff “consented within the eyes of the legislation.”

A second rape investigation into Darmanin on suspicion that he extorted intercourse from a girl in change for a job and house was dropped in 2018.

In workplace since July 2020, Darmanin has sought to strengthen ties with the police and has additionally performed a key function in talks with British colleagues aimed toward limiting small boat crossings throughout the Channel.