Anti-Semitism, suspects… What we know about the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Courbevoie

Anti-Semitism, suspects… What we know about the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Courbevoie
Anti-Semitism, suspects… What we know about the rape of a 12-year-old girl in Courbevoie

Three teenagers aged 12 and 13 were arrested on Monday June 17 and indicted on Tuesday June 18, 2024, after a complaint from a 12-year-old girl. She presented herself on Saturday June 15, early in the evening, accompanied by her parents, at the Courbevoie police station (Hauts-de-Seine) to file a complaint. She explains to the police that she was the victim of a gang rape, relates The Parisian. Here’s what we know.

Forced driving into disused premises

In her story, the young girl explains that she was in the company of a friend in a square in Courbevoie near her home, when she was approached by two young boys. They then take him by force to an old nursery which is now disused. A third boy joins them and insults the young girl about her religion by insulting her “dirty Jew”according to the teenager’s statements to the police that Le Figaro was able to consult. The boys beat her, threatened to burn her and kill her if she spoke to the police, and forced her to have anal and vaginal penetration as well as fellatio.

They then abandoned the young girl at the scene. She returns home and tells her parents everything she has suffered. She is then taken care of by the firefighters and transported to the Garches medical-judicial unit. Her friend, who was present when she was approached, provided a detailed description of the suspects. Video surveillance images allow investigators to confirm the presence of the three suspects near the crime scene.

Her ex-boyfriend by the attackers

Monday June 17, three teenagers, aged 12 and 13 and from Rueil-Malmaison, were arrested and placed in police custody. The youngest would be the victim’s ex-boyfriend. Arrests following the opening of a blatant investigation on Saturday evening. During the hearings, the former boyfriend explained that he was angry because the young girl hid her religion from him, reports The Parisian. Another suspect reportedly explained that the victim had said bad things about Palestine.

Tuesday June 18, two teenagers are indicted for “gang rape, death threats, insults and anti-Semitic violence”. The third suspect, also a minor, is placed under the status of assisted witness for “rape” and indicted for the other offenses under investigation. The offenses of “violence and insults” are “aggravated by their commission due to the victim’s affiliation to a religion”, according to the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office.

Two of the three teenagers were placed under arrest warrant by a liberty and detention judge. One was imprisoned in Nanterre remand prison, the other in Porcheville in Yvelines. The third, aged 12, was released with a provisional judicial educational measure.

Many outraged reactions

Since then, reactions have multiplied within the Jewish community and beyond. This Wednesday morning, the Nous Vivrons collective, born the day after the bloody Hamas attack against Israel on October 7, called for a demonstration at 6:30 p.m. in Paris to “condemn the anti-Semitic rape of this young girl”.

The president of the Central Consistory, Elie Korchia, expressed in a tweet Tuesday evening his “support for this young victim, of Jewish faith, who suffered rape and unbearable attacks”, deploring “a sordid and despicable sexual crime that moves us deeply.”

Politicians have taken up the subject. On the left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, regularly accused by political opponents of ambiguous remarks on anti-Semitism, stepped up to the plate on X: “Horrified by this rape in Courbevoie and everything it highlights regarding the conditioning of criminal male behavior from a young age, and anti-Semitic racism. Solidarity and heartfelt thoughts for the victim and his loved ones.”

François Ruffin, the first secretary of the PS Olivier Faure and the boss of the Greens Marine Tondelier did the same.

On the far right, the leader of the National Rally Marine Le Pen also denounced this attack which “revulses us” before criticizing “ the stigmatization of Jews for months by the far left through the instrumentalization of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“It’s a despicable act, we can’t think that it still exists, declared to theAFP Jacques Kossowski, Les Républicains (LR) mayor of Courbevoie. What I hope is that justice can firmly condemn these attackers, whatever their age. »

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