British billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing granted bail over wife's death

Eva Rausing and her husband Hans Kristian Rausing are seen Nov. 26, 1996, at Winfield House, the London residence of the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. AP Photo/The Picture Library Ltd

(AP) LONDON - Hans Kristian Rausing was granted bail Wednesday after making his first court appearance on a charge of preventing the lawful burial of the body of his American-born wife, Eva.

Police said Eva Rausing's body was discovered in a severe state of decomposition underneath layers of clothing and garbage bags at the couple's expensive London home.

District Judge James Henderson granted bail on two conditions: that Rausing reside at a psychiatric hospital and not leave unless accompanied by a member of the staff.

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Rausing, whose father made billions selling his stake in the Tetra Pak drinks-carton empire, looked frail during his appearance at West London Magistrates' Court.

The 49-year-old spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. Rausing was ordered to make his next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on July 26.

Eva Rausing's body was found in the couple's London home on July 9 after police searched the house following her husband's arrest on suspicion of drug possession after he was spotted driving erratically. British media had reported that her body lay in the couple's home for days.

Police said an autopsy failed to determine the cause of her death.

The couple, who have four children, had struggled publicly with drugs while donating millions to anti-addiction charities. The Rausings had been arrested in 2008 after Eva Rausing tried to bring drugs into the fortress-like U.S. Embassy in London.

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The bail conditions specify that Rausing must stay at Capio Nightingale Hospital, a private psychiatric facility. He was represented in court by lawyer Alexander Cameron, the brother of Prime Minister David Cameron.

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