Raffarin aide sex solicitation trial delayed

8th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - A Paris court on Monday postponed the trial of Dominique Ambiel, a former top aide to French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin accused of soliciting an under-age Romanian prostitute, until June 29.

PARIS, June 7 (AFP) - A Paris court on Monday postponed the trial of Dominique Ambiel, a former top aide to French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin accused of soliciting an under-age Romanian prostitute, until June 29.

Presiding judge Chantal Bartholin said that "given the burden on the court", she preferred to delay the start of the hearings.

Ambiel, a 50-year-old former schoolteacher who had joined Raffarin's staff as a communications advisor two years ago, was arrested in western Paris in April in the company of a 17-year-old Romanian prostitute.

He stands accused of soliciting a minor and insulting a police officer, and could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and fined up to EUR 45,000(USD 55,400) if found guilty.

Ambiel, who is married with one daughter, has denied the charges against him. He resigned from Raffarin's staff once the scandal broke.

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