Kenyans in France | Koffi Olomide Under International Arrest Warrant
Wanted for trial by French court
The self-proclaimed king of the rumba, Koffi Olomide is sent back to trial in France. The Congolese singer is suspected of having repeatedly sexually assaulted and sequestered four of his dancers in the Paris region between 2002 and 2006, according to a judicial source.
The star of the Congolese rumba, aged 61, was sent back on January 31 in correctional law by an examining magistrate in Nanterre for allegedly taking place in a pavilion in Asnieres-sur-Seine (Hauts-de -Seine) that the artist rented and where he hosted his dancers on the sidelines of concerts or recordings in the Hexagon, according to this source.
International Arrest Warrant
Having fled precipitately from France in August 2009 when his indictment, accompanied by a request for pre-trial detention, had been requested by the Nanterre public prosecutor’s office, Koffi Olomide has since been under an international arrest warrant. after the source.
He had been indicted in February 2012 for aggravated rape, including some under 15, but the prosecution leaders have since been changed and the procedure corrected. The sexagenarian, married and father of family, is now returned for sexual abuse with violence, coercion, threat or surprise by authoritative person and for kidnapping.
He must also appear to have facilitated the entry and illegal stay in France of the four plaintiffs, all Congolese, and for making them work illegally by underpaying them or even depriving them of any remuneration. Two henchmen, considered as his accomplices, are also summoned to justice.
The four complainants, all of whom belonged to her Latin Quarter group, filed a complaint in 2007, 2009 and 2013. They have never returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for fear of reprisals. The Committee against Modern Slavery, which supported the complaints of two of them, told AFP to bring a civil action in this case.
This is not the first time that the Congolese star has trouble with the law. Koffi Olomide had been imprisoned for four days that same year for giving a violent kick to one of his dancers in Kenya in 2016. He was then released on bail.
In August 2012, Koffi Olomide, Antoine Agbepa Mumba of his real name, was sentenced in Kinshasa to three months in prison suspended for “assault and battery” against his producer. In France, he was sentenced in 2006 to one year in prison suspended for tax evasion.