Criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein has been dismissed in the wake of his death, CBS reported Thursday.
The case was formally withdrawn on Thursday, August 29, as requested by the US law due to Epstein’s suicide he committed in his jail cell. Richard Berman, US District Judge, dismissed the indictment against the disgraced billionaire, who was charged with sex trafficking of minors.
Epstein’s victims spoke at a court hearing earlier this week. Some 16 of them claimed they were sexually abused by Epstein, who used his financial power and connections in order to make his victims more vulnerable. Some of the women were sexually abused when they were underaged.
Although the case has been dismissed, many insist it should continue, calling for law enforcement authorities to charge those implicated in the case.
Maurene Comey, Assistant attorney, said after the hearing that the withdrawal of the case “in no way prohibits or inhibits the government’s ongoing investigation into other potential co-conspirators, nor does it prevent the bringing of a new case in the future or the prosecution of new defendants.”
When arrested in July, Epstein pleaded not guilty, claiming that he had not committed any crimes since 2008, when he served 13 months in jail.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website