Franck Ribery trial: Prosecutors again seek acquittal of French international

Lars Baron

French prosecutors are seeking an acquittal for the second time, two years after their first request.

Franck Ribery's trial on charges of solicitation of an underage prostitute restarted this past Monday in Paris. While the Frenchmen chose to be represented by counsel while continuing his mid-season training progress towards being ready for Fridays' clash at Borussia Park with 3rd place Borussia Mönchengladbach, it was nevertheless a trial marching towards an inevitable conclusion 4 years after the alleged events took place. Now the trial has had another wrench thrown into the works.

Today, the prosecution in the case asked for an acquittal on all charges citing insufficient evidence. It was the same request they made back in November of 2011 before it was refused. They were ultimately required to proceed with a trial which began last June before being suspended on procedural grounds.

With the rate at which this trial is proceeding I'd expect to hear something next year. Despite your personal feelings towards what transpired with Ribery, fellow French teammate Karim Benzema, and Miss Zahia, it should be clear there's not enough evidence to warrant continuing this much legal wrangling. Even the prosecution thinks so. Here's hoping this latest attempt helps bring this case to an expedient resolution.

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