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Koffi Olomide handed two year suspended sentence for rape

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Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence for the statutory rape of one of his former dancers when she was 15.

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

Olomide went on trial after four former dancers claimed he sexually assaulted them several times between 2002 and 2006 in the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as in France.

Prosecutors at his trial in Nanterre, outside Paris, had sought a seven-year prison sentence but the court dismissed the assault and kidnapping charges.

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Olomidé, 62, was ordered to pay 5,000 euros (Ksh.571,069.34) 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.

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

The singer has had a brush with law enforcement in different parts of the world.

In 2018 Zambia ordered his arrest after he allegedly assaulted a photographer and in 2016 he was arrested and deported after he assaulted one of his dancers in Kenya

In 2012 he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence.