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Italy vows 'maximum collaboration' in French murder case

Published on Apr 11, 2014 12:52 AM

CASSINO (AFP) - Italy is ready to offer France "maximum collaboration" on solving the disappearance of an heiress in 1977, an Italian prosecutor said Thursday as the murder trial against her lover reached a climax.

"We would offer the maximum collaboration" and launch a full-blown probe should French judicial authorities request Italy's help in cracking the 36-year-old mystery, prosecutor Mario Mercone told AFP.

Italian police searched through archives of murdered women as Maurice Agnelet prepared for a verdict in his trial for allegedly killing his wealthy mistress Agnes Le Roux in Cassino near Rome nearly four decades ago.

"We are looking back through our archives for anything linked to the case," a police official in Cassino said.

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