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Arrested for abducting a girl, her videos revealed sexual assaults

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JACQUES DEMARTHON – | Axel Maaziz had abducted and sequestered a 7-year-old girl who was returning home after school in L’Argentière-la-Bessée, near Briançon

A thirty-year-old arrested in 2014 after the abduction of a girl appears on Monday before the Assize court of the Hautes-Alpes, who will also judge him for rapes of which he is accused and sexual assault revealed by his computer.

The trial in Gap must be held in camera because most of the seven victims, including a 21-month-old baby and very young children at the material time, are still minors.

Axel Maaziz, 33, was charged and placed in pre-trial detention on 19 April 2014, two days after she abducted and sequestered a 7-year-old girl who was returning home after school in L’Argentière-la-Bessée, near Briançon.

He had used an electric pulse pistol to immobilize him before boarding him in a car. But she had managed to escape and warn the gendarmes.

The accused acknowledges that he abducted the girl but disputes that she attempted to kill her as the prosecution alleges because of traces of strangulation.

“My client was in an extremely fragile psychological state and when he became aware of the seriousness of his act he told the child to leave,” said his lawyer, Kader Sebbar.

“If the girl had not had the courage and the energy to struggle, the court of assizes would judge today a homicide,” replies Jerome Garcia, who represents the family of the child aged 10 years today ‘hui.

During a search at the thirty-year-old’s home, the gendarmes had discovered on her computer videos sexually portraying four young victims in her entourage, aged between 21 months and 13 years.

He will have to answer for these aggressions or attempts of aggression before the court, as well as rape accused by two former girlfriends, one major and the other minor at the time of the events.

“There is the curriculum of a real sexual predator, the victims are totally destroyed, and there is nothing to suggest that they will be able to rebuild themselves in their future life,” said Philippe Lecoyer, civil party lawyer.

The accused is liable to imprisonment for life. The trial is scheduled to last until Friday.

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