January 14, 2019 10:09 am

2 French policemen on trial for alleged gang-raping of Canadian tourist

In this Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 file picture, police officers stand guard in front of the 36 Quai des Orfevres police headquarters in Paris, France.

(AP Photo/Francois Mori, File

Two anti-gang French policemen are going on trial on charges of gang-raping a Canadian tourist at Paris police headquarters.

The officers, both members of the BRI force, are accused of raping the woman at 36 Quai des Orfevres, a famous address depicted in many crime movies and novels.

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The woman said she met a group of officers across the street near the Seine river in an Irish pub in April 2014. After several drinks, they invited her for a night tour of the headquarters where she claimed she was raped several times.

Judges initially threw out the case but the Paris prosecutor and the woman won their appeal to have it brought to a trial, which starts Monday.

The officers face up to 20 years in prison.

© 2019 The Canadian Press

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