French court jails four over death of Chad president's son

7th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

A French court on Thursday handed jail terms ranging from five to 13 years to four men over the death of Chadian President Idriss Deby's son.

Brahim Deby, 27, was discovered in the car park of his building in a Paris suburb in July 2007. He had been assaulted with a taser gun and was covered in fire extinguisher powder.

Marin Cioroianu, 45, Dan Batoua, 31, Jaime de Carvalho, 29, and 28-year-old Pierre-Claude Messi Ntsama were handed a total of 39 years by a court in Nanterre, near Paris.

A fifth man was aquitted.

Deby, who had consumed alcohol and drugs at a nightclub, died of asphyxiation. His Courbevoie appartment had been searched and his pockets emptied of 50,000 euros ($72,000).

Four of the five accused were charged with "violent theft leading to unintentional death" and a fifth, Ntsama, was charged with complicity.

Cioroianu will serve the longest term of 13 years, while Batoua, suspected of organising the attack, was given 12 years.

Carvalho and Ntsama were handed nine and five years respectively.

The victim had been sacked as an adviser to his father a year earlier following a conviction in France for weapons possession.

© 2011 AFP

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