Moroccan soccer player Achraf Hakimi from Paris Saint-Germain is on suspicion of rape in the focus of the French judiciary. As the German Press Agency learned from the Nanterre public prosecutor's office, investigations were initiated against the 24-year-old after a survey.
The process can ultimately lead to criminal prosecution if investigators see sufficient evidence against the suspect. Otherwise, they can also discontinue the procedure. Hakimi's lawyer Fanny Colin told the newspaper "Le Parisien": "The allegations are false." In a letter from Friday, from which the newspaper quoted, the lawyer spoke of an "attempted blackmail".
A 24-year-old woman told police she was raped by Hakimi last weekend. The woman reportedly did not press charges, but because of the seriousness of the allegation, the police informed the public prosecutor's office.
PSG supports the defender
Hakimi has been placed under judicial supervision and is not allowed to have any contact with his alleged victim. After the accusation became known, PSG initially supported the defender. "The club supports the player who has firmly denied the allegations and trusts the judiciary. PSG is an institution that promises respect on and off the pitch."
Hakimi returned to PSG team training on Friday and is expected to play again next week. The team of the former Dortmund player will play next Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League at FC Bayern Munich. On Monday evening, Hakimi was a guest at the FIFA World Football Association gala, where Lionel Messi was honored as world footballer.