India prosecutors want new charge in French child rape case
BANGALORE (AFP) - Prosecutors asked an Indian judge on Saturday to allow them to bring an additional charge of sodomy against a French consular official who has been accused of raping his three-year-old daughter.
Special public prosecutor B.T. Venkatesh said that the judge Shubha Gowdar had admitted his application to bring the additional charge against Pascal Mazurier during a brief hearing in the southern city of Bangalore as there was prima facie evidence of him committing sodomy.
The judge had then told Mazurier's defence team to file any objections to the prosecution's application at the next hearing of the court which was set for February 24.
The judge is expected to set a trial date once a final decision has been made on whether to allow the additional sodomy charge, the prosecutor added.