Corsican parliamentarian murdered in Ajaccio

13th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

AJACCIO, March 11, 2006 (AFP) - Right-wing Corsican parliamentarian Robert Feliciaggi died in hospital early Saturday after being shot several times in the head by unknown assailants in Ajaccio, the local prosecutor said.

AJACCIO, March 11, 2006 (AFP) - Right-wing Corsican parliamentarian Robert Feliciaggi died in hospital early Saturday after being shot several times in the head by unknown assailants in Ajaccio, the local prosecutor said.

"Monsieur Feliciaggi has died of his wounds," prosecutor Jose Thorel told AFP.

Feliciaggi was rushed to hospital after being attacked while heading for his car after getting off a plane at Ajaccio airport, in an apparent ambush by one or two assailants late Friday, Thorel told AFP.

He died shortly after being rushed to hospital.

"He received several bullets to the head and was taken to hospital in critical condition," said Thorel.

The attackers, probably masked, had fled in a car, a senior police official said.

A police enquiry and a search for the assailants were underway on the French Mediterranean island.

"Several witnesses" at the scene were being questioned by officers overnight, the police official added.

The successful 64-year-old businessman was a close friend of former French interior minister Charles Pasqua.

He was elected to the Corsican Assembly in March 2004 as a member of a breakaway group from France's ruling center-right UMP party.

Feliciaggi led a right-wing grouping of four Corsican parliamentary deputies and was mayor of the village of Pila Canale in the south of the island.

He was investigated in 2002 on corruption charges as part of an enquiry into the 1994-1995 purchase and resale of a casino, an operation which prosecutors believed was carried out partly to finance Pasqua's 1999 campaign for the European elections

Pasqua himself was also placed under judicial investigation, in his case over alleged "illegal financing of an electoral campaign".

Feliciaggi always denied all charges and was never convicted.

Nicknamed 'the African', Feliciaggi was born in South Africa and made his fortune thanks to a string of casinos in Cameroon, Gabon and the Congo.

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