Riviera body identified as Lord Shaftesbury

19th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, April 19 (AFP) - French police on Tuesday identified a decomposing body found earlier his month near the Riviera town of Cannes as that of the Earl of Shaftesbury, the English lord who vanished last November.

NICE, France, April 19 (AFP) - French police on Tuesday identified a decomposing body found earlier his month near the Riviera town of Cannes as that of the Earl of Shaftesbury, the English lord who vanished last November.  

DNA samples confirmed suspicions that the corpse belonged to 66-year-old Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury, who went missing on November 6.  

The brother of the earl's estranged third wife, 40 year-old Mohammed M'Barek, is suspected of killing him in a row over money. He was placed under investigation for murder after being extradited from Germany last month, but he denies involvement.  

His sister Djamila M'Barek, a 37 year-old former nightclub hostess, faces charges of complicity in murder. She told investigators she witnessed a deadly fight between her husband and brother in their Cannes flat.    

Educated at Eton and Oxford and a fluent French speaker, the lord 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.  

He divided his time between Britain and the French Riviera where he was known to frequent nightspots.

 

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Subject: French News

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