Former French diplomat Pascal Mazurier acquitted in 2012 rape case

Former French diplomat Pascal Mazurier acquitted in 2012 rape case

Former French diplomat Pascal Mazurier acquitted in 2012 rape case

Suja, on the other hand, accused the Bengaluru police of colluding with Pascal and the French mission in suppressing evidence, something she has maintained all along the five-year trial.

"I am very happy with the verdict".

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

"The allegations were the most heinous of a kind a father would face, so ultimately based on the material and the defense we have taken, the honourable court came to a right conclusion that the offences have not been proved and ordered the acquittal of Mr. Pascal." his counsel told ANI here after the hearing. Married to the diplomat since 2001, she also submitted a medical report that she said confirmed that the little girl had been raped.

In June 2012, the Bengaluru olice had registered a case of rape against Mazurier, who was then the Head of Chancery in the Consulate of France, Bangalore. "But I will certainly try", she said.

Suja had taken her daughter for several sessions with a doctor working with a Bangalore NGO, Enfold India.

On June 13, when Suja returned home to find her daughter crying, the domestic help told her that her husband had been in their bedroom with their daughter for a considerable length of time. Pascal was interrogated and let off after questioning later that day.

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

However, the police claimed in July that results of the DNA tests of the samples collected from Pascal were inconclusive.

He was granted bail in October that year, after furnishing a bond of Rs 1,00,000.