Billionaire’s husband held for her murder

2012-07-13 16:01


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London - The husband of Eva Rausing, one of Britain's richest women, has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of his wife, even though no cause of death has been established, police said on Friday.

The body of 48-year-old Eva was found on Monday at the couple's London home.

The metropolitan police say detectives are treating the death as "unexplained", and Hans Kristian Rausing has not been charged.

However, detective inspector Sharon Marman told a preliminary inquest hearing on Friday that "Mr. Rausing ... has been arrested on suspicion of her murder".

He is receiving medical treatment and has not yet been questioned by detectives.

Marman said a post-mortem examination had failed to establish the cause of Eva Rausing's death and police were awaiting the results of further tests. It was unclear how long that might take.

Hans Kristian Rausing is an heir to the Tetra Pak drinks-carton fortune. He and his US-born wife lived in a luxury townhouse in a leafy London square, donated millions to addiction charities and had a long history of drug use.

They were arrested in 2008 after Eva Rausing was caught trying to smuggle crack cocaine and heroin into the US Embassy in London in her handbag.

The charges were dropped when the couple admitted guilt and accepted a police reprimand.

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