Aged 60, Olivier Larroque, who was to appear free, did not show up on the first day of his trial on Monday, after having already evaded justice in the spring.
The Paris Assize Court sentenced Wednesday to twenty years in prison this French doctor, currently on the run and who was tried in his absence for the rape of dozens of minors in Vietnam, we learned this Thursday from concordant sources .
He is the subject of an arrest warrant.
The Assize Court, which decided to try him in his absence and behind closed doors, found him guilty of raping nearly thirty underprivileged teenagers between 2011 and 2013 in Hanoi, where he was stationed in the French Hospital, and sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment, indicated a judicial source and two lawyers.
"Justice has been served, incomplete because the accused was not there, but justice has been served after so many years of waiting on the part of the victims," said Me Christopher Mesnooh, who represented seven of them. .
"Our clients feel they have finally been heard."
The same procedure
The defense, which had requested a dismissal, deplored "a somewhat puppet trial".
“As soon as he was absent, he took the maximum penalty.
Things were over before the debates even started, ”said Me Camille Lucotte.
If he is arrested before the expiry of the limitation period for the sentence, set at twenty years, Olivier Larroque may oppose the verdict and be retried.
It was a report sent to the French Embassy in Vietnam in early 2013 that triggered the investigations.
A local association reported the accusations brought against Olivier Larroque by street children aged 13 to 15.
Was attached an SD memory card stolen by one of them and containing dozens of videos showing sexual relations between young Asian boys and the accused.
An investigation had been opened in France, leading to the arrest of Olivier Larroque in July 2013 in Hanoi and his deportation to France.
Before the investigators, the victims had described the same modus operandi: the accused approached them, had them come to a hotel or to his home and abused them.
Olivier Larroque had denied any constraint and had described himself as a simple client of prostitutes.