Koffi Olomide jailed for 2 years over rape of 15-year-old girl

One of Africa’s most popular singers, Koffi Olomide jailed for 2 years after he was found guilty of the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.

He was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court in France in absentia, as he failed to turn up.

Koffi Olomide jailed for 2 years over rape of 15-year-old girl lailasnews 3
Koffi Olomide jailed for 2 years over rape of 15-year-old girl

The ruling means the Congolese star only faces arrest if he commits further offences.

Olomide, 62, was ordered to pay 5,000 euros ($5,700; £4,300) in damages to the former dancer.

The court in Nanterre, outside Paris, also ordered him to pay a fine of the same amount for helping three women enter France illegally.

Olomide’s lawyer has hailed the ruling as a victory, telling journalists it would result in the withdrawal of the star’s international arrest warrant.

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