Woman jailed for Stern killing released early

A woman jailed for murdering one of France’s richest men has been released from a Swiss prison after serving two-thirds of her sentence, according to her lawyer.

This content was published on November 10, 2010 minutes and agencies

Cécile B. had been sentenced in June 2009 to eight and a half years for fatally shooting Edouard Stern during a sex game in 2005 in Geneva.

She has been in jail since 2005. Cécile B.’s lawyer Alec Raymond told the AFP news agency that a Geneva judge was releasing her early for good behaviour.

He said she was also forbidden from entering Switzerland for another ten years.

Cécile B. and Stern were having an affair at the time of the murder. He was killed wearing a latex suit and tied to a chair in a submissive position during a sex game.

Stern had amassed a fortune worth several hundred million dollars as a prominent banker and had promised to give Cécile B. money and to marry her. Neither happened and she shot him when he insulted her during a sex game.

Prosecutors successfully argued that the French woman shot Stern "out of hate" and that "the money was the reason for his death".

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