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Police of the elite French unit found guilty in gangs raping Canadian tourists

Jackie Dunham, employee of

Posted on Thursday 31 January 2019 at 12:07 EST

Last Updated on Thursday 31 January 2019 12:19 EST

Two French police officers were sentenced to seven years in prison after they were sentenced five years ago for gangs about a Canadian tourist at the Paris police headquarters. They have 10 days to appeal against the verdict.

Both officers were accused of raping Emily Spanton at a prestigious station in the 36 Quai des Orfevres district after meeting her in a nearby Irish pub when they were out of service in April 2014.

The officers invited a 39-year-old woman from Toronto to a night tour of the station after night flirting and heavy drinking, according to court documents. The victim claimed she was forced to drink whiskey, had oral sex, and had been raped several times before leaving the building an hour and a half later.

Both former officers denied any misconduct. He says the woman has agreed to sex interactions at night.

After reading the verdict, Spanton screamed as she sat a few meters from the officers.

One of the defendants shook his head in disbelief, shouting as well, CTV News reported, "Daniele Hamamdjian of the Paris courtroom on Thursday.

Throughout the court proceedings, the defendants' lawyers raised questions about the woman's lifestyle, her behavior with men, and pointed out the inconsistencies in her story, Hamamdjian said.

Female lawyers took the argument as an attempt to consent when they said their client had come to the police headquarters "happy and hungry" and went to full shock, said Hamamdjian. A woman reported an alleged crime to a woman in the officer's service.

There was intense media attention on Thursday's trial, as the accused were members of the elite police unit who was responsible for the Bataclan's storms at the night of terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

As a result, the allegations of rape were initially released because officers were considered heroes at the time, Hamamdjian said.

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