French court to rule on Burundi ex-minister’s appeal against slavery conviction (17/02/2021)

The appeal of former Burundian justice minister Gabriel Mpozagara and his wife against a slavery conviction is to be heard on Wednesday. The two were handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay 70,000 euros in compensation for exploiting a compatriot for 10 years at their home in a Paris suburb.

On 21 October 2019, the Nanterre Criminal Court found Mpozagara and his wife guilty of “submission to forced labour” and “working conditions and accommodation contrary to dignity” of a Burundian farmer at their home in Ville-d’Avray, south-west of Paris.

The couple’s appeal is to he heard at the Versailles Court of Appeal on 17 February.

Domestic tasks

During the hearing, the plaintiff, identified as Method S., testified to having been “enslaved” over a ten-year period, from 2008 to 2018, in the couple’s home. 

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