A Paris investigating choose on Monday ordered the closure of a five-year rape investigation into French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, his legal professionals mentioned.
“The justice system has mentioned for the fourth time in 5 years that Mr Darmanin has not dedicated any punishable act,” Mathias Chichportich and Pierre-Olivier Sur mentioned.
A judicial supply confirmed to AFP that the case towards Darmanin, a right-wing stalwart of President Emmanuel Macron’s authorities, had been dropped — though the choice can nonetheless be appealed.
The newest closing of a probe into Darmanin comes only one week after Macron sacked a junior minister, former conservative parliamentary chief Damien Abad, who had been accused of tried rape.
One other junior minister nonetheless in workplace, former gynaecologist Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, is beneath investigation by prosecutors after a number of ladies accused her of rape throughout medical examinations.
Darmanin’s legal professionals mentioned the inside minister himself wouldn’t touch upon the investigation into claims by plaintiff Sophie Patterson-Spatz of rape, sexual harassment and abuse of belief relationship again to 2009.
Patterson-Spatz says Darmanin raped her after she sought his assist to have a legal report expunged whereas he was a authorized affairs adviser with the UMP, the predecessor of France’s primary right-wing occasion, the Republicans.
Neither she nor her lawyer commented instantly on the investigation being closed.
Prosecutors had already requested in January for the case to be closed, and Darmanin has introduced a defamation case of his personal towards his accuser.
The case has dogged him since he was named to the inside ministry in 2020, with feminists particularly essential of his presence in considered one of France’s main places of work of state.