Suspect in British earl's vanishing due back in France

17th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

MUNICH, Germany, March 16 (AFP) - The Tunisian brother-in-law of a missing British aristocrat will be extradited from Germany to France next week in connection with the disappearance, the prosecutor's office here said Wednesday.

MUNICH, Germany, March 16 (AFP) - The Tunisian brother-in-law of a missing British aristocrat will be extradited from Germany to France next week in connection with the disappearance, the prosecutor's office here said Wednesday.

A spokesman gave no precise date for the extradition of Mohammed M'Barek, 40, who was arrested in late February at his home in the Munich suburbs as part of the investigation into the fate of the Earl of Shaftesbury, who went missing four months ago.

M'Barek's sister Djamila, a 43-year-old Dutch-Tunisian former nightclub hostess, is the estranged third wife of 66-year-old Anthony Ashley-Cooper, the 10th Earl of Shaftesbury.

Both are suspected of involvement in the murder of the Earl who vanished in the southern French resort of Cannes on November 6, a day after he had seen his wife, whom he was in the process of divorcing.

Djamila M'Barek - whom the Earl married in 2002 after meeting her in Versailles near Paris - told investigators she had seen her husband and brother fight in their Cannes apartment.

The earl divided his time between Britain and the French Riviera where he was known to frequent nightspots. He had been expected to return to Britain on November 10.

His sister, Lady Frances Ashley-Cooper, told the Nice Matin newspaper last month that she was convinced he was dead. He had, she said, "been mixing in dangerous circles and he wasn't cut out for it".

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

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