Present in Munich for the 1/8th final of PSG, Achraf Hakimi is in turmoil, accused of rape by a young woman. However, the file could be more complex.

It seemed unlikely but Achraf Hakimi should take part in the knockout round of the Champions League with PSG, on the lawn of Bayern Munich, this Wednesday, March 8, 2023. However, a few days ago, he was difficult to imagine the right side defender being aligned by Christophe Galtier. Firstly because he has not played since the first leg on February 14, then, above all, because of the legal case in which he has been entangled since January 26, the day on which a handrail was filed against him for rape. A case in which he has since been indicted. The Nanterre prosecution seems to have sufficiently convincing evidence after the statements of a young woman, but the Moroccan international disputes his version of the facts. Placed under judicial control, but authorized to leave the territory, he defends himself and his lawyer affirms that he is the victim in this affair.

The examination of certain documents in the file should be decisive. The Team indicates that the investigators were given the exchanges between the two on Instagram, as well as those concerning a conversation between the young woman and the friend who came to pick her up at Hakimi’s home. This is where the case could take another turn. Indeed, according to the sports daily, the discussion between the two women “appears much more opaque to the investigators, who are still trying to understand the meaning.” Moreover, why does she refuse to file a formal complaint? Finally, the alleged victim did not wish to submit to the medical and gynecological examinations that were offered to him, the newspaper said.

For Achraf Hakimi’s lawyer, the player “firmly denied the charges against him”. Before adding: “it results in my opinion from the documents which are in the hands of the judicial police that Mr. Hakimi has, in this case, been the subject of an attempted racketeering.” Words that made the young woman’s lawyer jump: “We will not tolerate any campaign of denigration or destabilization to her prejudice, as is unfortunately still too often the case for women who have the courage to denounce the facts. of rape of which they are victims.” If he has remained silent since the revelation of the affair, Achraf Hakimi “swore that he was innocent” to his mother, questioned by Al Araby, a Qatari channel.

According to Le Parisien, the facts took place on Saturday February 25, in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine). This is where the footballer lives, very close to the Parc des Princes. After a discussion started on Instagram on January 16 and which had lasted for several weeks, Achraf Hakimi would have ordered a VTC for the young woman to go to her home. But things would have turned out badly, she explained. The 24-year-old allegedly forcefully kissed her mouth and breasts, lifting her clothes off. He would have, still according to his statements relayed by Le Parisien, carried out a digital penetration without his consent. She would have finally managed to push him away, before leaving the place.

No complaint has been filed against Achraf Hakimi. The young woman who incriminates the footballer and testified on February 26 at the Nogent-sur-Marne police station (Val-de-Marne) did not wish to initiate proceedings, contenting herself with a “declaration of rape”. Justice, however, took up the case on its own in view of the story of the alleged victim. The statements of the alleged victim would be sufficiently substantiated to characterize what is written into the law as a crime. The file, opened by the parquet floor of Créteil (Val-de-Marne), is now in the hands of that of Nanterre.

Le Parisien claims that the alleged victim is 24 years old and lives in Fontenay-sous-Bois (Val-de-Marne). She would have come into contact with Achraf Hakimi on January 16, via the social network Instagram. Since then, the two exchanged. Who started the discussion first? Had they met before? The survey should shed light on these various points.

Achraf Hakimi has still not spoken publicly since the revelation of this affair. However, he made it known through the voice of his lawyer, Me Fanny Colin, in the columns of Le Parisien, that “the accusations are false”. The black dress assured him: “serene”, his client “stands at the disposal of justice”. For its part, PSG united around its player: “The club is in support of the player who has firmly denied the accusations and trusts justice. PSG is an institution that promotes respect on and off the field. .”

Friday, the day after Achraf Hakimi’s indictment, Me Fanny Colin reacted again via a press release sent to L’Équipe. “During his hearing, carried out at his express request, Achraf Hakimi firmly denied the accusations against him,” she insisted, recalling in passing that the indictment of her client, which followed his hearing, ” is a must for anyone who is the subject of an accusation of rape”. She was also delighted that this same indictment allowed the Moroccan international to obtain more rights, starting with “that of taking cognizance of the file”. The lawyer also denounced the fact that the accuser refuses, at this stage, any confrontation, but also to file a complaint and to submit to any examination, whether medical or psychological. And Me Fanny Colin concludes: “Mr. Hakimi has, in this case, been the subject of an attempted racketeering.”

Achraf Hakimi is not, at this stage, the subject of a complaint, according to the details of the Parisian. The words of the alleged victim were therefore collected at the police station as part of a daybook. “Its purpose is not to prosecute the perpetrator, but to report the nature and date of the incident to law enforcement. This may be useful in the context of a future trial,” the Justice Department said. So it didn’t cause the player to be summoned. Moreover, the latter could not read the contents of the daybook.

This is no longer the case when there is an indictment. As Achraf Hakimi’s lawyer explained to L’Équipe, “the indictment that followed [his] hearing is a must for anyone who is the subject of an accusation of rape and finally offers Mr. Hakimi the possibility of defending himself by giving him a large number of rights, in the first place that of acquainting himself with the file”.

Indicted for rape, Achraf Hakimi faces a fifteen-year prison sentence, reports the Légifrance site. This is the basic sentence, because aggravating circumstances can be taken into account and in this case the maximum sentence is twenty years. Among these aggravating circumstances, one already seems to concern the player. “The perpetrator of the rape came into contact with the victim through the Internet”, it is indicated. However, Achraf Hakimi and his accuser would have met via Instagram. To this, other aggravating circumstances could be added, in particular if the victim was particularly vulnerable or if the perpetrator of the rape was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, which is completely unknown to time.

In addition, additional penalties may be added. Among them, lists the service-public site, there are the injunction of care within the framework of a socio-judicial follow-up, the prohibition of stay in certain places for ten years maximum, or the prohibition to exercise a public function. Finally, in the event of conviction, it is entered in the criminal record, just as the name of the perpetrator of the rape is added to the file of perpetrators of sexual offences.

These are the penalties incurred for anyone subject to such charges. At this stage, Achraf Hakimi is presumed innocent and the investigation is taking its course.

This accusation against Achraf Hakimi arose after another weekend where the footballer stayed away from the pitch. Injured since the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League against Bayern Munich on February 14, he was not traveling to Marseille that weekend. Above all, the defender was alone throughout the weekend at his home, where he resides with his partner and his two children.

Indeed, as she posted on her Instagram account, Hiba Abouk (36), his wife, was in Dubai in recent days. The Moroccan’s partner, whose relationship dates back to 2018, had gone to the United Arab Emirates with their sons Amin (3 years old) and Naim (1 year old). However, the two are said to be in the process of separating. But it would not be directly related to the case since discussions for a separation would have been engaged for several weeks according to El Cierre Digital. The age difference between the two would have become too problematic within the couple.