Death of Saudi kidnap child's mother not suspicious: police

PARIS- A French woman who had a child with a Saudi prince and then wrote a book about the girl being kidnapped by her father has died after falling from her Paris flat.
Police sources said Tuesday they did not suspect foul play in the death of Candice Cohen-Ahnine, 35, who had been battling since 2008 to get her 11-year-old daughter, Haya, back from the desert kingdom.

Cohen-Ahnine slipped and fell to her death while trying to pass along a narrow ledge between two windows of her fourth-floor flat in a chic Paris district on August 16, witnesses said, according to police.
"She was taking anti-depressants. It looks like a purely accidental death," a police source told AFP, adding that the fall had followed a row between Cohen-Ahnine and her current partner.
The case of Haya has been a persistent source of tension in Franco-Saudi diplomatic relations.
In January a French court ruled that the girl should be returned to her mother and French consular officials in Saudi Arabia had recently secured agreement that she could visit her daughter next month.
Cohen-Ahnine's book, "Rendez-moi ma fille!" (Give me back my daughter) was published in October 2011.

Wednesday, August 22nd 2012

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