Benzema/Ribery Trial Postponed AGAIN

18 Jun
"Mon Dieu, Franck - we dodged a bullet again"

“Mon Dieu, Franck – will this trial never end?”

Karim and Franck’s trial has been adjourned until 2014. What is this? Like the third or fourth postponement? This investigation has been going on since 2010. I’m sure they’re just ready to get it over with and find out the verdict. (Well, at least Karim is, according to his lawyer)

FROM THE GUARDIAN

Prostitution trial against Ribéry and Benzema is adjourned until 2014
• Technical challenge delays hearing of central charges
• Benzema lawyer says wait will be ‘painful’ for his client

Reuters
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 18 June 2013 15.53 EDT

The trial of the French footballers Franck Ribéry and Karim Benzema over claims they paid for sex with an underage call girl has been adjourned for procedural reasons until 2014.

Benzema, a Real Madrid striker, and Ribéry, a Bayern Munich winger, are to be tried on charges of paying Zahia Dehar, a prostitute, for sex in 2008 and 2009, when she was only 16 and then 17 years old – below the legal age of 18 for a prostitute in France. Neither footballer showed up in court on Tuesday.

The pair, both players in France’s national squad, have been under investigation since 2010 over the affair. They risk up to three years in jail and fines of €45,000 if found guilty of soliciting the services of an underage prostitute.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Ribéry’s lawyer claimed a clause in France’s penal code that forbids the soliciting of underage prostitutes was too vague to be used against his client. The court found his objection serious enough to adjourn the trial until 20 January 2014, allowing time for the issue to be put to a higher court and possibly passed to the supreme court.

In France, paying for sex is not illegal but underage prostitution is, along with pimping. Ribéry and Benzema’s lawyers had called for the case to be dropped, saying their clients did not know Dehar was a minor.

According to court documents, the Algerian-born Dehar became a prostitute around 15 or 16 but would tell clients she was 18.

Ribéry’s lawyer welcomed the trial’s adjournment but Benzema’s lawyer said the wait was “painful” for his client.

Ugh. What a total mess.

– Lozil

3 Responses to “Benzema/Ribery Trial Postponed AGAIN”

  1. Natalie June 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    way to screw up the french campaign for world cup next year. they will be thinking about trial and not the game.

    • Mehreh June 19, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Luckily the baby giraffe and Paul pogba have at least 8 more good years we can enjoy 🙂

  2. jellyace June 20, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    By the time this trial is over, they shall all be senior citizens and the point would be moot.

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