A view of the port of Macinaggio in Rogliano, Haute-Corse, on May 26, 2021. (illustration photo)

JUSTICE – Two minors under the age of 16 were examined in the investigation into the homophobic assault in mid-July in Rogliano (Haute-Corse), it was learned on Wednesday 21 July from the Bastia public prosecutor’s office.

The two minors, originally from Cap Corse, were examined by the children’s judge, the first for “homophobic public insults” and the second for “aggravated violence and homophobic public insults,” said Arnaud Viornery, Public Prosecutor in Bastia.

“My client denies the facts”, insisted to AFP Anna-Livia Guerrini, the lawyer of the first minor, considering that “in this case, the anticipated media coverage is a means of pressure that must be avoided”.

Two other adults had been questioned in police custody but were released without any charges being brought against them.

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 total interruption of work less than or equal to 8 days in meetings and because of the sexual orientation of the victims”.

The photo of the couple, swollen faces, posted on social networks

According to Arnaud Viornery, a couple of men had suffered homophobic insults then violence “with kicks and punches on the part of several individuals” after having attended, in the company of three other people, a fireworks display on this popular with tourists.

They were allegedly 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 in this commune regularly.

The photo of the couple, swollen faces, published on social networks, had aroused many reactions of support in the island, from the prefect of Haute-Corse through the League of Human Rights.

On Twitter, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin had given his “total support to the two victims” of this “violent homophobic aggression”, affirming that “these infamous acts (should) not go unpunished”.

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