Paris Saint-Germain’s Achraf Hakimi indicted on rape charges

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Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi has been charged with rape, French prosecutors said on Friday.

The public prosecutor’s office in the Paris suburb of Nanterre said investigators investigating the rape allegations questioned Hakimi on Thursday. He was then indicted by an investigating judge and placed under judicial supervision.

Hakimi faces preliminary charges of rape. Under French law, this means there is reason to suspect a crime was committed, but the magistrate will be given more time to investigate before deciding whether to bring the case to trial. can do.

Hakimi’s attorney, Fanny Colin, said in a written message to the Associated Press that Hakimi “strongly denied the charges against him.”

Colin said having her clients prosecuted was “a mandatory step for anyone accused of rape” and that Hakimi could protect herself by giving her access to the case. Colin also said that some elements collected by the judicial police show that, according to her, Hakimi was “subjected to an attempted extortion in this case.”

Players of the Moroccan national team have been barred from contacting the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman who claims she was raped by Hakimi at her home outside Paris on Saturday. are allowed.

The Spanish-born Hakimi was the defender who helped Morocco make World Cup history last year, becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the tournament. was seen.

Prosecutors launched a preliminary investigation on Monday.

Hakimi returned to training with PSG on Friday after a minor hamstring problem and could be part of the squad that face Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.

PSG are set to play Nantes at home on Saturday in the French league.

At a press conference on Friday, PSG manager Christophe Galtier said he would not answer questions of an unsporting nature (related to Achraf Hakimi).

Gaultier said he hopes Hakimi can train with the rest of his team and be ready for Wednesday’s second leg of the round of 16 against Bayern Munich.

“The players were hardworking and serious,” Galtier said when asked what his mood was in training in light of the case.

Hakimi took the stage at the FIFA Awards in Paris on Monday.

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