Lithuania to hand murder rap rocker to France

24th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

VILNIUS, Sept 24 (AFP) - Lithuania will allow French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, imprisoned in Vilnius for the murder of his French actress girlfriend, to return to France next week to serve out the remainder of his eight-year sentence, his lawyer said Friday.

VILNIUS, Sept 24 (AFP) - Lithuania will allow French rock singer Bertrand Cantat, imprisoned in Vilnius for the murder of his French actress girlfriend, to return to France next week to serve out the remainder of his eight-year sentence, his lawyer said Friday.  

"French officials are coming next week to accompany Cantat back to France. They will most likely come early in the week," Virginijus Papirtis told AFP.  

Cantat, 41, lead singer of the group Noir Desir, was jailed for eight years on March 29 for beating his French girlfriend Marie Trintignant to death during a row in a Vilnius hotel a year ago. The case drew a great deal of attention in France.  

The lawyer said he had just visited Cantat in prison to inform him of the news. It answers a request Cantat filed in July asking to finish out his term in France.  

Papirtis said the Lithuanian justice ministry received a letter from its French counterpart earlier this month agreeing to the handover, though time was needed to prepare the necessary documents.  

Cantat will return to France on a regular flight, the lawyer said..   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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