Auradou-Jegou case: “Let justice be served quickly!” demands the president of the French rugby federation

Auradou-Jegou case: “Let justice be served quickly!” demands the president of the French rugby federation
Auradou-Jegou case: “Let justice be served quickly!” demands the president of the French rugby federation

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Pascal Pallas

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Jul 11, 2024 at 1:42 PM

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French rugby players Oscar Jegou et Hugo Auradou must be presented to the Argentine justice system at Mendoza (west) Thursday July 11, 2024, where they are accused of having raped in their hotel on Saturday July 6, a young woman who, according to her lawyer, suffered “terrible” violence.

The two players left Buenos Aires very early this Thursday and are expected in Mendoza, 1,100 kilometers from the capital, to face local justice.

“Let justice be done quickly” demands Florian Grill

The two players will be presented before the local authorities accompanied by My Rafael Cuneo Libaronathe Argentinian lawyer that the French Rugby Federation (FFR) called upon to defend the alleged attackers.

The President of the FFR Florian Grillwho met the two players in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, hopes “that justice will be done quickly.”

We went to see, in Mendoza, a right-hand man of the prosecutor and the person in charge of the case: the lawyer was able to present several points which question the initial statement and which will call into question several statements.”

Florian Grill
President of the French Rugby Federation (FFR)
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Facts punishable by 20 years in prison

“It would be a particularly atrocious sexual abuse, with sexual intercourse, with the participation of two people, with violence, for both,” he said in an interview with AFP on Wednesday I am Natacha Romanothe plaintiff’s lawyer.

She referred to “sexual abuse with penetration,” the judicial definition of rape in Argentina.

Under Argentine law, sexual violence can include acts ranging from sexual assault to aggravated rape, which could be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Natacha Romano, lawyer for the plaintiff who accuses two French national team players of rape, on July 10, 2024 during an interview with AFP in Mendoza, Argentina. (©AFP/LUIS ROBAYO)

Both players discuss consensual sexual relations

Oscar Jegou and Hugo Auradou have for their part “confirmed having had sexual relations with the young woman during the night but (…) firmly denied any form of violence”, according to a press release from the French Rugby Federation (FFR) published on Tuesday.

These sexual relations were “consensual”, the lawyer of the two rugby players, Rafael Cuneo Libarona, insisted on Wednesday in Mendoza.

The alleged attack took place on the night of Saturday to Sunday at the Diplomatic Hotel in Mendoza, where French players and staff were staying, after the victory (28-13) of the French XV against the Argentinians.

Police sources told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity, that the players had met the alleged victim in a bar. They allegedly consumed alcohol together, then the complainant, who was “dizzy”, was taken to their hotel.

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