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Fritzl returns to incest cellar

Josef Fritzl is led back to his house under heavy security (25 September 2008)
Police say Mr Fritzl has admitted imprisoning and raping his daughter

Josef Fritzl has been taken back to the house in Amstetten, west of Vienna, where he allegedly abused and jailed his daughter and her children.

Mr Fritzl was taken there under heavy police guard on Thursday to give investigators a tour of the cellar.

Officials say the visit is to help see if the cell can be opened from outside.

Mr Fritzl is accused of keeping his daughter for 24 years in a cellar he built, sexually abusing her and fathering seven children with her.

Lawyers for Mr Fritzl insist that an electronic timer would have unlocked the door in time for the occupants to free themselves if anything had happened to him, but investigators think the door could have been sealed off with metal bars.

Prosecutors say he has confessed to keeping his daughter Elisabeth captive in a cell at his home.

DNA tests have shown he is the father of six of Elisabeth's children - a seventh child is believed to have died shortly after birth - and authorities say that Mr Fritzl will go on trial by the end of the year.

Mr Fritzl has been in custody since April and is being held in pre-trial detention in St Poelten, 80km (50 miles) west of the capital Vienna since April.

Earlier this summer a court spokesman said preparations for the trial of Mr Fritzl, 73, were going at "full speed".

His alleged victims, including Elisabeth, 42, are undergoing treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

The case first came to light in April after 19-year-old Kerstin, one of the children fathered by Mr Fritzl, became seriously ill and was taken to hospital.

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