Hans Kristian Rausing, an heir of the Tetra Pak empire, has been charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of his wife Eva, who was found dead in their London home last week.
Rausing, whose grandfather founded the food packaging family business, appeared in court on 18 July. He had previously been arrested in connection with Eva’s death and was transferred to a psychiatric hospital.
The 49-year-old was granted bail by a court judge on two conditions – that he reside at the hospital – “live there and sleep there overnight” – and not leave unless accompanied by a member of the hospital staff.
Both Kristian and his wife had struggled with drug problems for the past 30 years, first meeting at a drug addiction clinic in the US.
Eva’s body was discovered following Rausing’s arrest for suspected drug possession last week. Her body is thought to have lain in their 50-room mansion for up to two months.
Her family said yesterday they will set up a charitable foundation in her name to help people with drug addiction.
Rausing’s father Hans Sr played an important role in transforming the family’s small Swedish company into a multi-billion-dollar packaging giant. The business is now owned by Hans Sr’s brother, Gad, through a Swiss-based holding company.