First legal fallout after the homophobic assault of two men in Corsica.
Two minors under 16 were indicted in the investigation into the assault in mid-July in Rogliano (Haute-Corse), we learned on Wednesday from the Bastia prosecutor's office.
The two minors, originally from Cap Corse, were indicted by the children's judge, the first for "public insults of a homophobic nature" and the second for "aggravated violence and public insults of a homophobic nature", specified Arnaud Viornery, public prosecutor in Bastia.
"My client denies the facts", insisted to AFP Anna-Livia Guerrini, the lawyer of the first minor, considering that "in this case, the anticipated media coverage is a means of pressure that must be avoided".
The second minor's advice did not respond to AFP's requests.
Two other adults had been questioned in police custody but were released without any charges being brought against them.
The couple victim of insults and violence
This case concerns violence committed on the night of July 14 to 15 during a party in a bar in Macinaggio, in the marina of Rogliano.
The investigation was opened for "voluntary violence with total interruption of work less than or equal to 8 days in meetings and because of the sexual orientation of the victims".
According to Arnaud Viornery, a couple of men had suffered homophobic insults and then violence "with kicks and punches on the part of several individuals" after having attended, in the company of three other people, a fireworks display on this site. popular with tourists.
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They were reportedly the target of the violence shortly after midnight, after spending the evening in a bar.
A third person was also injured.
One of the victims used to stay in this commune on a regular basis.
The photo of the two men, swollen faces, published on social networks, had aroused many reactions of support on the island, from the prefect of Haute-Corse through the League of Human Rights.
Several members of the government had communicated messages of support to the couple, such as the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, or Élisabeth Moreno, Minister in charge of Equality between women and men, Diversity and Equal opportunities .