In a press release published on Thursday, the lawyers of the two police officers acquitted in the case of “36 quai des Orfèvres” deplore “a controversy” concerning the verdict of the trial.
Since the acquittal of the two police officers in the so-called “36 quai des Orfèvres” case, a hundred feminist activists have signed a column entitled “France, land of impunity for rape?”, which the lawyers for the innocents denounce as a “negation of democracy”, according to a press release published on Thursday.
The verdict was “rendered in the name of the French people” and “is binding on all”, recalled the four police lawyers, Anne-Laure Compoint, Pauline Baudu-Armand, Thierry Herzog and Pascal-Pierre Garbarini.
The verdict “is binding on all”
The “open letter” published on Tuesday by The Parisiannotably signed by journalist Alice Coffin, comic strip author Pénélope Bagieu, lawyer Caroline Mecary, LFI MP Clémentine Autain and many feminist groups, believes that the trial was “that of the victim”, Emily Spanton, and that she was not “protected”.
“When you get a trial (for rape, editor’s note), you end up being the ‘liar’, the ‘nymphomane’, the culprit”, says the text.
The two exonerated police officers, Nicolas Redouane and Antoine Quirin, had first benefited from a dismissal before being sent back to the Assizes of Paris and sentenced to seven years in prison in 2019. Having appealed, they were retried in 2022 and acquitted by the Assize Court of Val-de-Marne.
“We note that none of the signatories” of the forum “had knowledge of the file and did not attend the debates either (…) which questions the merits of this controversy”, annoy the advice of the two police officers.