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FRANCE: No case for French soldiers accused of rape in Central Africa.

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In April 2015, six boys aged 9 to 13 accused members of Operation Sangaris of abusing them in exchange for food rations between December 2013 and June 2014. According to these boys, the facts would have been took place in the IDP camp at M’Poko Airport in Bangui. Thursday, January 11, 2018, the French justice ordered a dismissal in the investigation that followed, for lack of “sufficient charges”.

The investigating judges explain that there are not enough charges to send the soldiers involved in this case to court. The prosecution says it can not be said that there was any rape, and speaks of material inconsistencies and variations in testimony that do not allow to establish “facts substantiated and substantiated against the military. ”. Some soldiers said they gave food rations but denied any sexual abuse.

As for organizations defending the rights of children, they do not disarm. They will probably appeal. Recall that the Sangaris force of the French army was deployed in 2013 in the Central African Republic, which was plagued by chaos after violence between Seleka rebels and anti-Balaka.