French cold case: Arrests over 1984 killing of 4-year-old

2017-06-15 13:15
Thierry Moser, Gregory's relatives’ lawyer, answers journalists in Dijon. (Philippe Desmazes, AFP)

Thierry Moser, Gregory's relatives’ lawyer, answers journalists in Dijon. (Philippe Desmazes, AFP)

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Paris - A cold case in France is heating up, with three new arrests this week over the 1984 killing of a 4-year-old boy named Gregory.

The investigation has involved family rivalries, judicial bungling and 12 000 pieces of evidence - including about 2 000 anonymous letters - in the three decades since his corpse was pulled from a freezing river in eastern France.

The Burgundy gendarme service and Dijon appeals court said in a statement that three people were arrested on Wednesday. Local newspaper L'Est Republicain reported that they were a great-uncle, great-aunt and aunt of Gregory's and that they are suspected of complicity in the killing.

A relative was initially jailed but released - and then killed by Gregory's father.

Gregory's mother was also accused of killing her son, before being cleared.

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