French envoy arrested for sexually abusing 3yr old daughter

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french-diplomat-arrestedJune 19, Bangaluru: A French envoy, Pascal Mazurier, accused of raping his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, was arrested here today, police said.

The arrest comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs clarified to the city police that the accused did not enjoy any diplomatic immunity and action can be taken as per law.

According to an official source, Mazurier, 39, a French consular agent, has not come out of the consulate complex following registration of a case by the police on June 14 on a complaint filed by his wife Suja Jones, from Kerala.

Jones, who hails from Kerala, married Mazurier more than a decade ago in France. The couple also has two sons.

“The arrest was made after we got clearance from the Indian ministry of external affairs and home ministry,” said senior police officer Sunil Kumar.

He said the envoy did not have diplomatic immunity and would be tried in India.

The wife of the envoy has written to the French ambassador in India and the Indian government, calling for her husband to be prevented from leaving the country until all legal proceedings are complete.

Suja Jones, who has also accused Mazurier of domestic violence, has requested that under no circumstances should he be allowed custody of their three children, who are French citizens.

On Monday, demonstrations were held outside the consulate demanding the arrest of the official. Police briefly detained the protesters.

As the protests grew louder, the French Consulate-General in Bangalore issued a press release saying it would cooperate with the investigating authorities.

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