Janowski ‘too ill’ for retrial in Pastor assassination case
The lawyer acting for Wojciech Janowski, who was convicted of ordering the killing six years ago of Monaco heiress Helene Pastor, has requested a postponement of the retrial originally scheduled to start on March 2.
He said that Janowski’s state of health is such that the appeal needs to be delayed. Jean-Jacques Campana said: “My client has been treated for colonic cancer. He then suffered a stroke, which currently leaves him hemiplegic. He has a lot of difficulty speaking and clearly cannot bear several weeks of trial.”
Furthermore, it’s impossible at this time to do a colonoscopy to see if the cancer has returned. Doctors believe that the patient is unable to withstand anesthesia, Campana said in a submission to the court.
Janowski – Helene Pastor’s son-in-law – and four other defendants, all found guilty of various charges in the assassination of the real estate billionaire and her right-hand man, Mohamed Darwich, are seeking a reduction in their sentences.
PHOTO: Wojciech Janowski