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Colonna loses appeal on life sentence

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A French shepherd has lost his appeal against a life sentence for the murder of the Governor of Corsica eleven years ago. Yvan Colonna denied the charges, and walked out of the trial in Paris earlier this month, claiming the evidence was biaised. He will serve at least 22 years, but his lawyers said they will launch another appeal.

Colonna was convicted of killing Claude Erignac, France’s highest-ranking official in Corsica outside a theatre in Ajaccio in 1998. Six other people were convicted in connection with the murder and an attack on a police station. Three of them have since claimed they were pressured into implicating Colonna.