JUSTICE A French gastroenterologist appears at the Paris assizes, accused of having raped several Vietnamese teenagers between 2011 and 2013 in Hanoi
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A French doctor appeared at the assizes of Paris in from Monday, accused of having violated several Vietnamese teenagers between 2011 and 2013 Hanoï where he worked as a gastroenterologist at the French Hospital.
Nine of them, about fifteen years old at the time of the events, joined as civil parties and were brought to court. recognized, in large part, on videos filmed by the accused. Several other victims were listed without being able to be identified.
During the investigation, the accused, Olivier Larroque, 60, disputed any act of constraint and requested, in vain, the requalification of the facts in recourse to the prostitution of minors. Contacted by AFP, his lawyer did not give a statement. continued.
This is a report addressed to to the French embassy in Vietnam in early 2013, which triggered investigations. A local association reported the testimonies of street children aged from 13 to 20 years old. 15 years old accusing this doctor of having forced them to sexual acts.
The investigations were based on the testimony of 9 teens
An SD memory card stolen by one of these teenagers and attached to the mail contained dozens of videos and photographs depicting sexual relations between young Asian boys and Olivier Larroque.< /p>
An investigation was then opened in France, leading to the arrest of Olivier Larroque in July 2013 at the French Hospital of Hanoï, where he had been working since late 2011. expelled to France during the summer of 2013, he was arrested; to his exit from the plane.
Carried out with the Vietnamese authorities and based in particular on the computer equipment seized from the accused, the investigations of the Central Office for the Reconstruction pressure of violence against people made it possible to collect the testimonies of nine teenagers.
All describe a similar modus operandi: Olivier Larroque would have approached them near a lake in Hanoï where wandering children gravitate, would have brought them to a hotel or to a his home and allegedly abused of them in front of his camera lens. He then gave them 100,000 dongs, or 4 euros at the time of the events.
The debates could be held at; in camera
Confronted to these testimonies, Olivier Larroque had denied any coercion, said he did not know the age of his accusers and described himself as a simple client of prostitutes in a country where the moral barriers linked to relations with minors would be abolished.
The investigating judge considered that the accused had practiced well a moral constraint on these young boys in the grip of misery, taking advantage of his status as a rich, Western man.
“This case is exceptional in nature because of the profession of the accused. and the number of casualties,” to AFP Me Emmanuel Daoud, on behalf of the NGO End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, civil party. “It has been demonstrated that when there is international cooperation, you can bring to justice those who he is accused of rapes at; Abroad.”
Another civil party, Agir contre la prostitution des enfants deplored; “the cumbersome instruction” which would have allowed Olivier Larroque to enjoy “impunity; for so many years”.
The verdict is expected on Friday after hearings that could be held in London. behind closed doors.