Monaco heiress`s son-in-law behind her murder: French prosecutor

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 21:56

Paris: The son-in-law of a Monaco real estate heiress who was shot dead in a Mafia-style killing paid hitmen to murder her, a French prosecutor said Friday.

Wojciech Janowski, 64, was behind Helene Pastor`s murder last month, a prosecutor in the southern city of Marseille said, adding that Janowski had spent 200,000 euros ($272,000) on the contract killing.

He said Janowski and six others were charged with the May 6 attack on the 77-year-old Helene Pastor as she was leaving a hospital in the French Riviera city of Nice. The property heiress was shot several times with a sawn-off shotgun.

Her driver Mohammed Darwich also died from injuries sustained in the brazen attack.

Janowski`s 53-year-old partner Sylvia, Pastor`s eldest daughter, was also detained for questioning but released on Thursday without charge.

Brice said she felt "betrayed" by Janowski.

Helene Pastor had inherited a huge real estate and construction business set up by her Italian grandfather Jean-Baptiste Pastor, a stone mason who moved to Monaco in 1880.

As the sleepy principality in the French Riviera slowly grew into a playground for the world`s rich and famous, the family`s fortune skyrocketed.

AFP

First Published: Friday, June 27, 2014 - 21:25
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