Ivorian coroner conducts autopsy on EU diplomat

20th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

ABIDJAN, Feb 19, 2007 (AFP) - An Ivorian coroner on Monday conducted an autopsy on the body of Michel Niaucel, a European Union diplomat allegedly murdered in Abidjan early this month, investigators said.

ABIDJAN, Feb 19, 2007 (AFP) - An Ivorian coroner on Monday conducted an autopsy on the body of Michel Niaucel, a European Union diplomat allegedly murdered in Abidjan early this month, investigators said.

"I ordered the autopsy, which began this morning ... and was completed this afternoon," investigation chief Losseni Cisse told AFP.

 Results of the autopsy, conducted by a medical jurist from Ivory Coast's Centre Hospitalier Universitaire, are to be handed over to French authorities investigating the case.

Michel Niaucel, 54, a French national who was the EU regional security officer, was shot dead with what sources said was his service pistol at his home on February 7 in the presence of his wife and teenage daughter.

The widow of the former police officer was on Friday placed under judicial investigation in Paris.

Ivorian investigators said they had found a Magnum revolver with five cartridges and a spent case in a bathroom cabinet of the dead man's house.

French experts have already searched the villa, in a highly guarded residential quarter of Abidjan, where the alleged murder took place.

Ivory Coast quickly ruled out suicide and theft as motives for the crime as there were no signs of forced entry into the house.

Fellow diplomats in Abidjan have said the killing did not appear to be politically motivated.

Copuright AFP

SUbject: French news

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