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India orders trial of French consular official over alleged child rape

Published on Jan 7, 2014 9:52 PM

BANGALORE, India (AFP) - An Indian judge has ordered a French consular official to stand trial over accusations he raped his three-year-old daughter.

The order on Monday came after the accused, Pascal Mazurier, asked the court to discharge him for lack of evidence over allegations he raped his daughter in the case, which has dragged on for two-and-a-half-years.

Sessions Court judge Shubha Gowdar ruled that there was sufficient evidence for Mazurier to face trial, the public prosecutor told AFP on Tuesday.

Judge Gowdar ordered that a hearing be held January 24 to formally frame charges against Mazurier, the public prosecutor said.

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