a serial rapist marabout sentenced to 15 years in prison

a serial rapist marabout sentenced to 15 years in prison
a serial rapist marabout sentenced to 15 years in prison

By Le Figaro with AFP

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He was also convicted of defrauding these women as well as around fifteen other victims for an amount of several tens of thousands of euros.
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Sentenced to the maximum penalty incurred, Ali Sidibé, Malian and aged around thirty, was found guilty of raping nine women.

The Seine-Saint-Denis criminal court on Monday sentenced a Malian marabout to 15 years in prison for the serial rapes, between 2018 and 2020, of modest women from the West African diaspora in the Paris region.

Sentenced to the maximum penalty, Ali Sidibé, aged around thirty, was found guilty of raping nine women. He was also convicted of defrauding these women as well as around fifteen other victims for an amount of several tens of thousands of euros. “The maximum was necessary, in any case with regard to the seriousness of the facts which were absolutely not recognized” by Mr. Sidibé, reacted Me Seydi Ba, lawyer for five victims.

The court composed of five professional judges followed the requisitions of the general advocate who mentioned Monday morning “a very dangerous individual.” “He doesn’t recognize anything, worse he says he’s a victim of conspiracy, a victim of rape.” Alice Nicalek was indignant in her indictment. With his arms outstretched, holding the edge of the box, Ali Sidibé smiled at the announcement of his conviction, noted an AFP journalist. “It’s quite amazing for someone who is convicted of multiple rapes to have this kind of dissociation to the point of laughing about it,” lamented Me Ba, none of whose clients attended the deliberations.

“Jinns”

The trial gave rise to a procession at the bar of broken women, all of West African origin, generally housekeepers or housekeepers. Speaking between their tears in Soninké, Pular, Bambara or French, they recounted how Ali Sidibé used their beliefs to lead many of them to a seedy hotel room in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis). Some have called on the services of the marabout to heal a sick child or a painful limb. Others were approached by him in the street, who claimed he could free them from “jinns” wishing them harm. They all ended up harassed, threatened, terrorized.

A divorced mother of six hoped the marabout could remove an obstacle to her marriage to the man she loved. She found herself reduced to the status of “toy” in the hands of the accused who allegedly raped her several times and relieved her of 400 euros per month out of her 1,200 euros salary. “If I didn’t obey what he said, he would drive me crazy or curse my children.”reported this 44-year-old maid in a white hijab, having a panic attack at the bar.

During the nine days of hearing, the civil parties’ benches remained almost always deserted. The victims, aged between 40 and 60, came to testify alone, on the sly, only to leave again just as fleetingly. This case had the particularity that the civil parties found themselves there almost in spite of themselves. Their presence was only due to the tenacity of a police officer who found them based on the accused’s telephone bills and managed to collect their confidences – for those who confided.

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