TRIAL Sentenced at first instance to five years in prison, the mother of a teenager, found by chance in Switzerland after eleven years on the run, appears again for subtraction and non-presentation of child
Aix en provence March 21, 2012 – The Court of Appeal of Aix en Provence — P.MAGNIEN/20 MINUTES
- This Wednesday, Priscilla Majani is appearing before the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal for non-representation of a child and slanderous denunciation of her former husband.
- The forties went on the run for eleven years with her daughter and was found by chance during a traffic check in Switzerland.
- She accuses her daughter's father of rape and sexual assault. A complaint was filed and dismissed.
It’s the story of two parents who tear themselves apart over the custody of their daughter, on the basis of accusations of rape and incredible escape, interrupted by a banal road check last March. This Wednesday, the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal is examining the very sensitive case of the disappearance for eleven years of little Camille, kidnapped by her mother after a separation. stormy, and found by chance. 20 Minutes returns to this case.
What are the facts?
Living so far in the Var, Priscilla Majani separated in 2008 from the father of her daughter Camille, before starting divorce proceedings. The two ex-spouses then engaged in a heated legal battle for custody of the child. “As early as 2008-2009, multiple handrails illustrate the conflicting separation situation of the couple in the ongoing divorce proceedings,” can be read in the order for reference.
In January 2011, Prisicilla Majani filed a complaint against her former husband for sexual assault and rape on little Camille. On February 21, 2011, the procedure was dismissed on the basis of several expert reports. Shortly after, Priscilla Majani disappears with her daughter. She had since been the subject of two arrest warrants. The mother had been sentenced to twice at Toulon, in 2011 and 2016, for non-representation of a child, first at one year of imprisonment (penalty now prescribed) then to three years imprisonment.
She has also been sentenced in 2015 to two years in prison for slanderous and false denunciations brought against her ex-husband, following accusations of rape. For his part, the latter reproaches his former wife to manipulate their daughter, who still refuses to see him.
Last March, a police check in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland made it possible to identify Priscilla Majani, who had settled in the region with Camille, now aged 17 years old. During her arrest, the mother of the family had explained been in hiding in Switzerland for six to three years. seven years, after having resided in in “different countries” She was then extradited in August to at the request of the French authorities. .
What was said in the first instance?
On September 16, at At the end of a tense and long hearing of five hours, the correctional court of Toulon condemned; Priscilla Majani, now aged 48 years old, at two years in prison for slanderous denunciation of her ex-husband and three years in prison with deprivation of civil and parental rights for non-presentation of her child. In his indictment, the representative of the public ministry, Dominique Mirkovic, had called to the conviction of “a manipulative mother, who hatched a plot against the father”, dismissing the thesis of the defense of “a mother simply worried, who tried to to protect her child.” The court granted to the father 25,000 euros in compensation for the damage suffered and 1,500 euros for the costs incurred.
A decision appealed by Priscillia Majani’s lawyer, Me Myriam Guedj-Benayoun, who intends to plead for release this Wednesday. “What I experienced on this trial, I’ve never experienced it elsewhere,’s the lawyer’s surprise. The hearing at first instance went extremely badly. I’ve worn complaint to the superior council of the judiciary and I asked for the protection of my batonnier because I am under pressure and threats.”
A committee of support to Priscilla Majani rode. Chaired by the actress Eva Darlan, there are many stars, such as Bruno Solo, Mimie Mathy, Audrey Pulvar, Lio or the actress Andrea Bescond, known for her autobiographical film Les Chatouilles which looks back on the sexual violence she suffered as a child. In a press release release, these personalities demand “in the name of humanity, the release of Priscilla who only protected her child.”
“In Aix-en-Provence, on November 23, the appeal trial will begin against a mother who chose, against her own interests, to protect her child, writes the committee. support in this release Press. Justice did not believe in the word of Priscilla, any more than in that of her daughter who maintains her declarations. If the presumption of innocence has been applied to the father, the principle of precaution which protects a child from its possible aggressor has not been applied. applied.” On November 18, in a document that20 Minuteswas able to consult, Camille carried complaint against his father to the Swiss courts for psychological, physical and sexual violence. In particular, she asserts in this complaint that she was victim of touching and penetration on the part of the latter.
“My client doesn’t expect much more from this hearing other than confirmation of sentence and damages that will pay him comfort to make up for what happened. past, affirms Me Olivier Ferri, the lawyer of the father of Camille, now at the age of 74 years old. At the previous hearing, he had to leave escorted by the police We know that he will never see this child again who is completely alienated by her mother. There are no longer any illusions. Camille today’ 17 years. She doesn't want to see her father anymore.”
Where? is Camille?
Since his mother’s arrest, Camille has been placed under curatorship in Switzerland. “The authorities are hiding his identity. and its establishment, specifies Me Guedj-Benayoun. She’s not seen her mum, who has been in jail since February 2022, but they’re allowed to phone each other.” The teenager will once again be the great absentee from this trial.