top cx logo
cx logo
Explorearrow down
search icon
arrow down

Wrong man jailed in child sex case

Victim shared name of sex offender who fled after being jailed for 20 years

A MAN spent five months in jail because he shared the name of a child sex offender – and was only freed after victims and the offender’s family said he was the wrong man.

Mohamed Camara was arrested on an international arrest warrant in the name of the other man - who was also born in Guinea in 1973 - but police and courts refused to believe his claims of innocence.

His namesake had been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Paris in 2001 for child sex offences but had absconded and an international warrant issued.

Mr Camara was arrested in Brussels in 2001 and spent three months in prison there before being transferred to La Santé jail in Paris.

Since being freed he had suffered psychological problems, which had forced him to quit studying for a social sciences degree in Nantes.

Now he has been offered €12,000 compensation – but his lawyer has claimed €180,000 for the case which is a legal precedent. The law does not cover compensation for a wrongful arrest under such circumstances and the case has gone to the Paris appeal court.

Resident or second-home owner in France?
Benefit from our daily digest of headlines and how-to's to help you make the most of life in France
By joining the newsletter, you agree to our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
See more popular articles
The Connexion Help Guides
featured helpguide
Healthcare in France*
Featured Help Guide
- Understand the French healthcare system, how you access it and how you are reimbursed - Useful if you are new to the French healthcare system or want a more in-depth understanding - Reader question and answer section Aimed at non-French nationals living here, the guide gives an overview of what you are (and are not) covered for. There is also information for second-home owners and regular visitors.
Get news, views and information from France
You have 2 free subscriber articles left
Subscribe now to read unlimited articles and exclusive content
Already a subscriber? Log in now