Lord Shaftesbury murder suspect back in France

23rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, March 23 (AFP) - The main suspect in the disappearance of British aristocrat Lord Shaftesbury on the French Riviera was to be questioned by French police Wednesday after being extradited from Germany.

NICE, France, March 23 (AFP) - The main suspect in the disappearance of British aristocrat Lord Shaftesbury on the French Riviera was to be questioned by French police Wednesday after being extradited from Germany.

Mohammed M'Barek, the Tunisian brother of the earl's estranged third wife Djamila, was expected to be placed under judicial investigation for murder.

Last month Djamila - a 37 year-old former nightclub hostess - told police that her brother killed Lord Shaftesbury at her flat in a row over money, but she gave no details of the crime and did not identify the whereabouts of the body.

She remains in custody, under investigation for complicity to murder.

The 10th Earl of Shaftesbury, also known as Anthony Ashley-Cooper, vanished from Cannes on November 6.

The 66-year-old earl divided his time between Britain and the French Riviera where he was known to frequent night spots. He had been expected to return to Britain on November 10.

Educated at Eton and Oxford and speaking fluent French, he inherited his title from his grandfather when he was 22 years old, along with the family seat at Wimborne, southwest England, and its 9,000-acre (3,600-hectare) estate.

M'Barek was arrested at his home in Munich a day after his sister's confession and was flown to Nice Tuesday.

© AFP

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