Two minors under the age of 16 were investigated in the investigation into the homophobic attack in mid-July in Rogliano (Haute-Corse), Bastia’s prosecutor’s office learned Wednesday, July 21.
The two minors, originally from Cap Corse, were questioned by the juvenile court, the first for “homophobic public insults” and the second for “aggravated violence and homophobic public insults,” said Arnaud Viornery, prosecutor in Bastia.
“My client denies the facts”, Agence France-Presse (AFP) Anna-Livia Guerrini, the lawyer for the first minor, urged that “In this case, the expected media attention is a leverage that should be avoided”. The advice of the second minor did not meet AFP’s requests.
Two other adults had been questioned by police but were released without charge.
Numerous supportive responses
This case concerns violence committed on the night of July 14 to 15 during a party in a bar in Macinaggio, in the marina of Rogliano. The investigation was opened for “voluntary violence with a total work stoppage of less than or equal to 8 days in meetings and because of the sexual orientation of the victims”.
According to Mr Viornery, a few men had suffered homophobic insults and then violence “With kicks and punches from several individuals” after attending a fireworks display in this popular tourist town in the company of three other people.
They were reportedly the target of this violence shortly after midnight, after spending the evening in a bar. A third person was also injured. One of the victims used to stay regularly in this commune.
The photo of the couple, swollen faces, published on social networks, had aroused a lot of support from the island, from the prefect of Haute-Corse through the League of Human Rights.
Certainly Twitter, the Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, had “Full support for the two victims” of this “Violent Homophobic Aggression”, claiming that “Not these infamous deeds [devaient] do not go unpunished”.