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Corsicans protest shepherd's case

March 29, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Thousands of Corsicans marched to support Yvan Colonna, whose conviction for the murder of a senior French official was upheld in a trial deemed unfair by many on the Mediterranean island.

Colonna was first sentenced in 2007 for the 1998 murder of Claude Erignac, a prefect of Corsica. Colonna, a shepherd, has said he is innocent.

A Paris appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction and lengthened the sentence to life in jail with a minimum prison term of 22 years. The original life sentence could have allowed him out after 18 years.

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