French rocker may serve murder term in France

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

VILNIUS, Aug 16 (AFP) - Lithuanian officials are ready to allow rock singer Bertrand Cantat, imprisoned in Vilnius for the murder of a French actress, to serve the rest of his sentence in France, the justice ministry said Monday.

VILNIUS, Aug 16 (AFP) - Lithuanian officials are ready to allow rock singer Bertrand Cantat, imprisoned in Vilnius for the murder of a French actress, to serve the rest of his sentence in France, the justice ministry said Monday.

The procedure of sending the singer to France could take "two or more months," spokesman Dainius Radzevicius told AFP, adding it had informed France on Friday of its intentions.

"Now the French authorities have to inform us whether they agree to accept Cantat," Radzevicius said.

Cantat, the 40-year-old lead singer of the group Noir Desir, was jailed for eight years on March 29 for beating his actress girlfriend Marie Trintignant to death during a row in a Vilnius hotel a year ago, in a case that received a great deal of attention in France.

In July Cantat filed a request to be allowed to continue serving his sentence in France.

Trintignant, the daughter of veteran French film star Jean-Louis Trintignant, had been in Vilnius to shoot a television movie about the French writer Colette, directed by her mother Nadine, when she was killed.

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