This is a new disappointment for Marie-Thérèse Bonfanti's family. She has been fighting since 1986 to bring justice to this young mother, who mysteriously disappeared at the age of 25 in the town of Pontcharra (Isère), and was stunned to learn of the release of her presumed murderer. Yves Chatain, who had been arrested and imprisoned in May 2022, 36 years after the events, was released on Thursday, December 7 by the investigating judge in charge of the case.
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On 28 November, the Court of Cassation ruled that the case was time-barred and sent the case back to the Lyon Court of Appeal for a new analysis. Following this decision, Yves Chatain's defence filed a request for his release, which was accepted by the investigating judge in Grenoble. Yves Chatain, 58 years old, was released from Varces prison late yesterday afternoon. He will be subject to very strict judicial control, with a ban on approaching or having contact with Marie-Thérèse Bonfanti's relatives.
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