Koffi Olomidé from DR Congo and dancers of the Quarter Latin group, perform 30 April 2005 at the Iba Mar Diop stadium in Dakar

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Koffi Olomidé , pictured in 2012, was sentenced in absentia

Koffi Olomidé, one in every of Africa’s hottest singers, has been discovered responsible of the statutory rape of one in every of his former dancers when she was 15.

He was handed a two-year suspended jail sentence by a court docket in France in absentia, as he failed to show up.

The ruling means the Congolese star solely faces arrest if he commits additional offences, says the BBC’s Nadir Djennad.

Olomidé, 62, was ordered to pay 5,000 euros ($5,700; £four,300) in damages to the previous dancer.

The court docket in Nanterre, outdoors Paris, additionally ordered him to pay a high quality of the identical quantity for serving to three ladies enter France illegally.

Olomidé’s lawyer has hailed the ruling as a victory, telling journalists it could outcome within the withdrawal of the star’s worldwide arrest warrant.

Koffi Olomidé is a large star of rumba and soukous that are common throughout a lot of Africa.

One of the best-loved hits of his long career is 1997’s Loi.

Olomidé was first charged in 2012 with aggravated rape however the fees had been lowered.

4 dancers who used to work for the musician informed the court docket that he sexually assaulted them a number of instances between 2002 and 2006. They stated the assaults occurred within the Democratic Republic of Congo and France.

The ladies additional alleged they had been held captive in a villa outdoors Paris and escaped one night time in June 2006, however didn’t return house to DR Congo for concern of reprisal.

Prosecutors had been pushing for a seven-year sentence however the court docket dismissed the assault and kidnapping fees.

Olomidé fled to DR Congo in 2009 promising to defend himself however failed to look for the trial in France which, on the ladies’s request, was held behind closed doorways in a Paris court docket.

The singer, whose actual title is, Antoine Agbepa Mumba, has been in bother with the regulation a number of instances earlier than:

  • In 2018 Zambia ordered his arrest after he allegedly assaulted a photographer
  • In 2016 he was arrested and deported after he assaulted one in every of his dancers in Kenya
  • In 2012 he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer and acquired a three-month suspended jail sentence
  • In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DR Congo’s non-public RTGA tv station and breaking his digital camera at a live performance, however the two later had been later reconciled