English lord's wife and brother-in-law granted appeal for 2004 murder

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25 October 2007, PARIS (AFP) - The brother-in-law and wife of the 10th Earl of Shaftesbury have been granted an appeal against their conviction for the 2004 murder of the British aristocrat in Cannes, court officials said Wednesday.

25 October 2007

PARIS (AFP) - The brother-in-law and wife of the 10th Earl of Shaftesbury have been granted an appeal against their conviction for the 2004 murder of the British aristocrat in Cannes, court officials said Wednesday.

Mohamed M'Barek, 43, and his sister Jamila, 45, who were accused of conspiring to murder the lord out of fear an impending divorce would threaten Jamila's inheritance, were each sentenced to 25 years in jail in May.

The 66-year-old earl's decomposing body was found in April 2005 on a patch of wasteland on the French Riviera, five months after he disappeared from his home in Cannes. Forensic tests showed he had been strangled.

His brother-in-law had admitted responsibility for his death but told the court in southern France that he struck the earl in a fit of anger and there was no plot to kill him.

The 10th Earl of Shaftesbury -- also known as Anthony Ashley-Cooper -- had left to Jamila in his will a large part of his multi-million dollar estate, but in 2004 their marriage had broken down and he was seeing another woman.

No date was given for the appeal trial, set to take place in southeastern France.

AFP

Subject: French news

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