Belgium extradites alleged serial killer to France

9th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

GUE D'HOSSUS, France, Jan 9 (AFP) - A carpenter believed to have murdered at least seven young women over a 15-year period was extradited to his native France from Belgium Monday to face trial.

GUE D'HOSSUS, France, Jan 9 (AFP) - A carpenter believed to have murdered at least seven young women over a 15-year period was extradited to his native France from Belgium Monday to face trial.

Journalists saw 63-year-old Michel Fourniret, cuffed and wearing ski goggles to disorient him, handed over to French authorities after arriving at the French-Belgian border in a convoy of two grey unmarked Belgian police cars.

Fourniret had been held in custody in Belgium since June 2003. He is accused of having committed seven murders — six in France and one in Belgium — between 1987 and 2001.

His wife, 57-year-old Monique Olivier, was extradited to France early December. She had been detained in Belgium for more than a year, and faces charges of complicity linked to a number of the murders.

Olivier's confessions in June 2004, a year after Fourniret's arrest for the botched kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl, led to the charges against her husband.

Fourniret is expected to face trial in the second half of this year in the French town of Charleville-Mezieres, in the French Ardennes region bordering Belgium.

He has confessed to some killings and the judicial authorities in France and Belgium agreed that a first trial should be held in France.

But the case is not closed — police suspect him of a total 13 killings of young women and adolescents on both sides of the border.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

 

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