Pölice on trial for robbing diabetic driver

4th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

VERSAILLES, France, Feb 4 (AFP) - Four police officers from a northwestern Paris suburb are to appear in court Thursday on charges of beating and robbing a driver who was suffering a diabetic attack, officials said.

VERSAILLES, France, Feb 4 (AFP) - Four police officers from a northwestern Paris suburb are to appear in court Thursday on charges of beating and robbing a driver who was suffering a diabetic attack, officials said.

The four, aged 24 to 28, asked the middle-aged victim to show identity papers when they found him parked in the street on January 12. From his agitated behaviour and slow movements, they believed he was drunk, but he was in fact in a hypoglaecemic state because of his diabetes.

According to prosecutors, the officers beat the man so badly he was unable to work for four days afterwards.

While two of them continued their patrol, the other two were said to have taken the man to a spot near a railway line, where they left him unconscious while they ransacked his vehicle for objects that were later split up among the four.

After the victim, who was of Moroccan origin, lodged a formal complaint, the officers were arrested for robbery and assault. Two of them were also accused of false imprisonment.

© AFP

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