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A senior Comorian official is concerned in a sexual assault case. The former ambassador of the Comoros in Paris and chief of staff of several foreign ministers was dismissed from the post of diplomatic adviser on Monday March 29 after being heard by the gendarmerie for sexual assault on a trainee of the ministry. </p><div> <p><em>With our correspondent in Moroni,</em> <strong>Pioneers in the Kingdom</strong>
The case caused a stir in the archipelago where sexual harassment is extremely taboo, especially in the public service. Abdallah Mirghane went free Monday morning to the gendarmerie research brigade to be heard there for the second time. The gendarmes who had arrested him the day before, Sunday, then released him on the order of the prosecutor, for lack of complaint from the alleged victim.
Staff from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also heard. The public prosecutor’s office reserves the right to order proceedings if the hearings prove to be conclusive or if the principal concerned lodges a complaint.
A clumsiness according to Abdallah Mirghane
This is a young trainee in her twenties who has not yet made contact with the police. The case erupted in the private sphere and then on social networks. This first moral scandal in a Comorian institution unleashes passions to the point that the minister dismissed his diplomatic advisor.
The former Ambassador of the Comoros issued a letter detailing his version of events. He speaks of awkwardness with a door, but of no gesture of a sexual nature and regrets being thus exposed to popular retribution.
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