The lawyer acting for Wojciech Janowski, who was convicted of ordering the killing six years ago of Monaco heiress Helene Pastor, has requested a postponement of the retrial originally scheduled to start on March 2.

He said that Janowski’s state of health is such that the appeal needs to be delayed. Jean-Jacques Campana said: “My client has been treated for colonic cancer. He then suffered a stroke, which currently leaves him hemiplegic. He has a lot of difficulty speaking and clearly cannot bear several weeks of trial.”

Furthermore, it’s impossible at this time to do a colonoscopy to see if the cancer has returned. Doctors believe that the patient is unable to withstand anesthesia, Campana said in a submission to the court.

Janowski – Helene Pastor’s son-in-law – and four other defendants, all found guilty of various charges in the assassination of the real estate billionaire and her right-hand man, Mohamed Darwich, are seeking a reduction in their sentences.

PHOTO: Wojciech Janowski