November 28, 2023

French Senator Accused of Drugging Fellow Lawmaker in Attempted Rape

PARIS (AP) – A French senator has been handed preliminary expenses for drugging one other lawmaker with the purpose of rape or sexual assault, in keeping with the Paris prosecutor’s workplace, and has been suspended from his social gathering.

Joel Guerriau, a 66-year-old representing the Loire-Atlantique area in western France, was detained for 48 hours and given preliminary expenses Friday, the prosecutor’s workplace stated in a press release.

He is suspected of placing ecstasy in a glass of Champagne he served parliament member Sandrine Josso, who left after she began feeling sick, in keeping with French media studies. The incident occurred Tuesday night in the senator’s condominium.

His lawyer stated Guerriau didn’t intend to drug Josso to abuse her and has apologized to her. In a press release, lawyer Remi-Pierre Drai stated “it was a handling error” that brought about the lawmaker to fall in poor health. He didn’t elaborate.

“Joel Guerriau is not a predator,” the lawyer stated. “He is an honest, respected and respectable man who will restore his honor and that of his family however long it takes.”

Guerriau was given preliminary expenses of use and possession of medication, and of secretly administering a discernment-altering substance to commit a rape or sexual assault. He was launched beneath judicial supervision and barred from contact with the sufferer and witnesses whereas the investigation continues.

Preliminary expenses beneath French legislation imply investigating magistrates have sturdy motive to suspect wrongdoing however permit extra time earlier than figuring out whether or not to ship a case to trial.

After the fees have been introduced, the center-right Horizons political group on Saturday introduced his suspension, saying that it “will never tolerate the slightest complacency toward sexual and sexist violence.” Horizons is allied in parliament with President Emmanuel Macron’s Renaissance social gathering.

Josso, a member of the decrease home of parliament representing the Loire-Atlantique area with the centrist Modem social gathering, has not spoken publicly concerning the investigation.

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