In Belgium, the Court of Appeal found a senior Estonian citizen working for the European Commission guilty of raping a young woman in his team and sentenced him to 6 years in prison.
In 2015, Estonian 54-year-old Margus Rahuoja, who served as the Director of the General Directorate of Mobility and Transport at the European Commission in Brussels, raped a French colleague who is 20 years younger than him after a celebration she organized at her workplace.
The suspect, who rejected this allegation during the investigation, claimed that the young woman also gave consent. In the first case in February 2019, the court sentenced him to 4 years in prison.
The decision of a higher court was even more severe for the suspect who appealed, and he was sentenced to 6 years in prison. Libre Belgique Newspaper, on the other hand, claimed that Margus Rahuojaa continued to receive his salary of over €14 thousand throughout the trial.
Estonian 54-year-old Margus Rahuoja, who continues to reject the allegations against her, appealed the court’s decision, which aggravated the four-year prison sentence given by a lower court, and took the case to the Supreme Court.
Rahuoja was released after the Court of Appeals ruled that he did not need to be detained, while lawyers predict that the Supreme Court will not decide on the matter before the beginning of next year.