Investigation to focus on potential crimes against citizens in France and abroad
Agencies in Paris
Fri 23 Aug 2019 10.51 EDT First published on Fri 23 Aug 2019 10.14 EDT
The chief Paris prosecutor has announced that he is opening an investigation into the rape of minors and a series of other charges linked to the Jeffrey Epstein case.
A statement issued on Friday by the office of Rémy Heitz said the decision to open a preliminary investigation was based on “elements transmitted” to his office and “exchanges with American authorities”.
“The investigations … will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,” the statement said.
The potential charges could include rape and sexual assault against minors, including some younger than 15 years old, prosecutors said.