Mazurier says he is not guilty

French official Pascal Mazurier, currently under judicial custody at the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail, has in his two-page statement to the police, given over several rounds of interrogation, claimed he is being framed by his wife, Suja Jones Mazurier, for the alleged rape of his three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.

He offered no alibi for the afternoon of June 13, when the alleged rape was committed, and told the police he had only put his child to sleep. Mr. Mazurier’s statement offers a detailed explanation on how he was allegedly framed by his wife, with whom he claimed relations had soured.

Police sources said Mr. Mazurier told interrogators he started his career as an official with the French government, and has worked in its missions in South Africa and Bangladesh before he came to India and met Ms. Mazurier.

South Africa posting

Married in 2001, the father of three said “evidence has been planted against me”. When asked for intent, he said his wife was trying to prevent him from taking up a posting in South Africa or was preparing grounds for divorce. Meanwhile, the police visited the home of Ms. Mazurier, where she stays with her children, to record the testimony of her domestic help, Geeta, who was present in the house at the time of the alleged rape. They were not able to complete the interrogation on Thursday, sources said.

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