MONTREAL -- Marie-Andree Leclerc, found guilty of murder by a court in India, will appeal a sentence of life imprisonment, her Canadian lawyer said Monday.
Miss Leclerc, 36, was sentenced along with her boyfriend Charles Sobhraj for the death of Alan Aron Jacobs, an Israeli who was found dead in his hotel room in 1975 while vacationing in India.
'We have not yet been officially advised of the sentence,' said Montreal lawyer Raymond Daoust, who has acted as legal counsel for Miss Lelerc's family in Levis, Que.
'If when I speak to the lawyer in India and the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi it turns out the reports of life imprisonment are true, there is no doubt I would advise an appeal.'
Daoust said he was 'very concerned' that Miss Leclerc, who was considered an accomplice, should receive the same sentence as Sobhraj.
Sobhraj, whose father is Indian and mother is Vietnamese, has been in jail since 1977 on charges of killing a French tourist with drugs in a New Delhi hotel. Miss Leclerc was acquitted in the same case two years ago and has been free on bail in India since.
Sobhraj was wanted also in connection with the 'bikini killings' slayings of seven young women on beaches in Thailand.