France: Court requests amending accusation to 'rape' in 'sexual assault' case on 11 y/o

SOT, Mark Guversan, Lawyer of the accused (France): «Yes, and this is outrageous, we know it's not a rape, she gave her consent, but because they want to rename the status of the case, we will have to plead against it.» The Pontoise Criminal Court requested a new rape investigation on Tuesday in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of «sexual assault» on an 11-year old girl. After four... Еще hours of debate, the court partially responded by asking the prosecutor to requalify the accusation as «rape» instead of «sexual assault.» «We know it's not a rape, she gave her consent, but because they want to rename the status of the case, we will have to plead against it», claimed lawyer of the accused Mark Guversan. «We believe that, under a certain age, which in our believe is under 13 years old, you should not even ask yourself if the children give consent to having sexual intercourse. This is not possible. Children under 13 years old cannot give consent to sexual intercourse with an adult», stated member of Protection d'Enfants (Children protection) association Sandra Hernandez. The court declared itself incompetent and indefinitely postponed the trial. It is now up to the Pontoise public prosecutor's office to appoint an examining magistrate to conduct additional investigations.

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