Body of 'Nazi slave' billionaire stolen from Austrian cemetery in 'extortion attempt'

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The remains of a billionaire whose family fortune was built on Nazi slave labour have been stolen from an Austrian graveyard.

Industrialist Friedrich Karl Flick, who lived in fear of being kidnapped, was 79 when he died in 2006.

An oak coffin containing the remains was taken from his family's mausoleum at a cemetery at Velden am Woertherse in what police believe may be an attempt to extort money from his widow.

The graverobbers struck last weekend but the theft was discovered yesterday. A stonemason hired to repair Mr Flick's gravestone, which had been damaged by vandals, noticed that the marble slab in the mausoleum had been moved.

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