Diplomat acquitted

Pascal Mazurier (C), an ex-French consular officer who once worked for the French Consulate in Bangalore, with his father Jack Mazurier (L) after a press conference in Bangalore, June 17, 2015. Pascal Mazurier was arrested in June 2012 on a complaint filed by his wife and spent four months in jail before being released on bail. The former French consular official pleaded not guilty in February 2014 to charges of raping his three-year-old daughter and was acquitted by a special court April 19, 2017. (Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — A former French diplomat charged with raping his 3-year-old daughter has been acquitted by a special court in India, news reports said April 20.

The Bangalore Mirror reported that Judge B.S. Rekha said that there was no evidence to prove the charges against Pascal Mazurier, who was a consular official in the southern city of Bangalore. The ruling was made April 19.

Mazurier was arrested in 2012 on the basis of a complaint made by his Indian wife. He was released on bail four months later, and was suspended from his job.

Mazurier told the newspaper that the greatest setback had been being apart from his children. While he was allowed supervised meetings with his two older sons, he was barred all contact with the daughter.

B.T. Venkatesh, the public prosecutor in the case, said that his office hasn't reviewed the entire court order yet and will decide on whether to appeal.

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