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Lithuanian Prosecutors Rule Out Extraditing French Rock Singer - 2003-08-07

Lithuanian prosecutors say they have ruled out extraditing French rock singer Bertrand Cantat to France in connection with the death of actress Marie Trintignant.

Prosecutor Antanas Klimavicius says Cantat cannot be extradited because France is not a member of the 1972 European Convention which governs handing someone over for criminal prosecution.

Funeral services for Trintignant were held Wednesday at Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. The 41-year-old actress died last week in a Paris hospital from head injuries received when she was allegedly beaten by Cantat, her boyfriend. The actress was in Lithuania shooting a film about the life of French writer Colette - a film directed by her mother, Nadine.

Cantat, the lead singer of the French rock band Noir Desir, is in a prison hospital in Vilnius. He admitted being drunk and arguing with Marie, but called her death a horrible accident.