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4 French soldiers questioned in African child rape case

4 French soldiers questioned in child rape investigation in Central African Republic

4 French soldiers questioned in African child rape case

PARIS (AP) -- Officials say four French soldiers are being questioned in an investigation into alleged child rape in Central African Republic.

The national gendarme service official says that the soldiers are being questioned on Tuesday, but is not indicating whether they are being treated as suspects or witnesses. A judicial official says they are being questioned in Paris. The officials aren't authorized to be publicly named.

French authorities opened an investigation in 2014 into accusations that French troops raped or sexually abused several children in Central African Republic. The French military intervened there in late 2013 to protect civilians from sectarian violence.

The accusations weren't made public until much later, prompting international dismay and questions about how France and the U.N. handled the case.


Updated : 2021-09-19 19:07 GMT+08:00