Corsicans face 30 years over governor's murder

21st February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) - A French prosecutor on Monday demanded that two Corsican militants, accused of ordering the murder of a French governor on the island in 1998, be put behind bars for 30 years.

PARIS, Feb 20, 2006 (AFP) - A French prosecutor on Monday demanded that two Corsican militants, accused of ordering the murder of a French governor on the island in 1998, be put behind bars for 30 years.

The hefty sentences were requested for Corsican separatists Jean Castela and Vincent Andriuzzi, who are accused of orchestrating the murder of Governor Claude Erignac eight years ago.

During his five-hour speech to a special court in Paris, prosecutor Christophe Teissier said Castela and Andriuzzi, both teachers, had instigated the murder of Erignac by a gang, several of whose members have already been jailed.

Erignac was shot three times in the head as he walked down a busy street in the Mediterranean island's main city of Ajaccio on February 6, 1998.

The murder was the most dramatic act of violence in the separatists' generally low-level struggle for independence that started three decades ago.

Most attacks are small bomb blasts in the middle of the night or vandalism of symbols of French rule such as government offices, banks and holiday villas.

Castela and Andriuzzi are also charged with involvement in attacks on the French mainland between 1994 and 1997.

Both men deny the charges against them. The verdict is expected on Wednesday.

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