Six Paris firefighters are dismissed for being accused of raped by a Norwegian student

At the age of 20, the Norwegian student had filed a complaint alleging that she was raped at the Plaisance Barracks in the 14th district of the capital.

Six Paris firefighters are dismissed for being accused of raped by a Norwegian student

At the age of 20, the Norwegian student had filed a complaint alleging that she was raped at the Plaisance Barracks in the 14th district of the capital.

Investigators were told by the young Norwegian that she had been in a consensual relationship at the barracks with a fellow firefighter that she met in a bar. She then claimed that other firefighters had made her have sex. A friend had picked her up in the morning, in shock.

Paris's prosecutor had opened a preliminary inquiry into "rapes in meetings." The six firefighters, who were being held in custody by the young woman, refuted the allegations and described consensual sexual acts. A magistrate of the Paris prosecutor's military affairs section had asked for indictment of four of them, for "rapes at meetings" and "non-impediment to crime" for the two other.

However, the investigating judge responsible for the judicial investigation had considered that there was not enough evidence to justify the prosecution of six firefighters who were then 23-35 years old.

On April 28, the investigating judge issued a dismissal ordonnance. Le Parisien quotes the magistrate as saying that "it doesn't appear that the civil party was subjected or threatened to real violence" and that he did not object to the entry of new partners.

Me Geraldine Vallat (a lawyer representing a firefighter) said, "Justice has rendered an unambiguous decision, it's really a relief." She said that the charges had "shattered dreams" of a career as a firefighter, noting that six firefighters were fired as soon as they learned of the rape allegations.

The BSPP, a unit of Army that intervenes in Paris or the inner suburbs, is a unit. Recent accusations of sexual assault, rape and harassment have tarnished the image of this prestigious brigade.

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