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Four charged with murder of Chad president's son

Four people have been charged with the murder of the son of Chad's President Idriss Deby, Brahim Deby, who was found dead in a Paris underground car park in 2007. French police have ruled out political motives for the murder.

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AFP  -  Four people have been charged with the murder of Brahim Deby, the 27 year-old son of Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, and remanded in custody, a Paris prosecutor said Saturday.

They have been charged with "murder and armed robbery, carried out as a gang", the prosecutor in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, Philippe Courroye said.

He said the four, who were arrested in Nanterre earlier this week, were being held in different prisons "given their different version of events. Two of them have admitted being involved, one is contesting it and one is saying nothing."

A fifth suspect arrested in Romania is being held pending extradition and should soon be transferred to France, he added.

Deby was found dead in the underground car park of his apartment building in the western Paris suburb of Courbevoie in July 2007, apparently having choked to death with powder from a fire extinguisher.

Closed circuit television footage at the scene showed that he was attacked by several masked men, investigators said.

French police have ruled out a political motive for the murder, saying it was more likely a criminal underworld affair.

The president's son was convicted a year before his death of possession of drugs and weapons after he was detained outside a Paris nightclub carrying a handgun.

Following the arrest, the Chadian president signed a decree stripping his son of his post as a technical adviser. He was then widely seen as having fallen out of favour with his father.

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