Child abuse trial’s collapse pitches French justice system into crisis [France]

May 20, 2004

The French justice system was in disgrace yesterday after the spectacular collapse of a high-profile trial in which 17 people, including a priest and a property lawyer, were charged with paedophile and bestial acts. Two of the accused – the mothers of six of the alleged child victims – abruptly admitted to a court in Saint Omer, near Boulogne, on Tuesday night that they had lied about the involvement of almost all the other defendants.”I lied about everything,” said one of the women, Myriam Delay, 37, interrupting the proceedings. “I am a sick woman and a liar …

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