August 18, 2022

A number of workers of French insurance coverage tycoon Jacques Bouthier, beneath arrest in Paris on expenses of raping a minor, have been positioned in Moroccan custody, a lawyer for the plaintiffs mentioned Friday.

The workers appeared earlier than the general public prosecutor within the northern metropolis of Tangiers earlier this week and a decide positioned “5 of them beneath a committal order”, whereas the sixth was launched, lawyer Karima Salama informed AFP.

Bouthier, 75 and considered one of France’s richest males, is ex-CEO of insurance coverage group Assu2000, later renamed Vilavi.

He was indicted on Could 21 and arrested by Paris prosecutors after a preliminary investigation into accusations of individuals trafficking and rape of a minor.

A Frenchman and 5 Moroccan suspects together with two girls are accused of “having recruited and psychologically groomed” girls, mentioned Salama, of the Moroccan Affiliation for the Rights of Victims (AMDV).

“In addition they justified (Bouthier’s) conduct,” she mentioned.

An accuser reacts throughout a press convention organised by the Moroccan Affiliation for the Rights of Victims in Tangiers on June 17, 2022, concerning the case of French tycoon Jacques Bouthier Photograph: AFP / FADEL SENNA

A number of younger Moroccan girls filed a criticism in opposition to Bouthier final month, accusing him of varied acts of “individuals trafficking, sexual harassment and verbal and ethical violence” between 2018 and this 12 months, in accordance with Salama.

Some informed a press convention on the time that they’d confronted repeated sexual harassment and intimidation in addition to threats to their jobs, in a metropolis the place many battle to search out work.

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The ladies mentioned they’d been sacked after refusing to “give in to harassment and blackmail” over their employment by Bouthier and different French and Moroccan executives.

Such public declarations are uncommon in Morocco, the place sexual abuse victims typically face social stigma.

AMDV appealed on Friday for another victims to “break the wall of concern and actively be a part of the struggle in opposition to impunity for individuals who have gravely harmed their dignity as girls”.

Bouthier can be being prosecuted in France for conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping in an organised gang and possession of kid pornography.