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Chile agrees extradition to France of accused in Japanese scholar homicide

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SANTIAGO: The Supreme Courtroom in Santiago on Thursday (Apr 2) agreed handy over to France a Chilean man accused of killing a Japanese scholar.

French investigators had requested the extradition of Nicolas Zepeda, 28, who’s suspected of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend within the jap French metropolis of Besancon in 2016.

“The request for passive extradition introduced by the French Republic relating to the Chilean citizen Nicolas Zepeda is accepted,” Supreme Courtroom decide Jorge Dahm mentioned in a ruling.

Zepeda’s attorneys have 5 days to enchantment the ruling.

Narumi Kurosaki, 21, went lacking from her college residence in Besancon, a city close to the Alps, after having dinner with Zepeda, her ex-boyfriend.

Zepeda, a instructing assistant, had returned to Chile by the point her disappearance was reported a number of days later.

Investigators are satisfied that Kurosaki was killed by Zepeda in a jealous rage however her physique was by no means discovered regardless of intensive searches.

France issued a world warrant for Zepeda’s arrest however a Chilean decide in February 2017 rejected the request to arrest him, citing inadequate proof.

Besancon prosecutor Etienne Manteaux introduced final October that his workplace had despatched an extradition request to the French authorities, to be formally introduced to Chile.

The suspect was questioned on Apr 18 by a Chilean decide within the presence of French investigators, together with Manteaux. Zepeda denies any hand in Kurosaki’s disappearance.

Zepeda, who had threatened Kurosaki in a video posted on-line which he later eliminated, admits going to her room on the night time of her demise for what he described as consensual intercourse and says he left straight afterwards.

The pair met in 2014 in Japan, the place Zepeda was a scholar, and a yr later started a relationship that ended after Kurosaki moved to France in August 2016.

In Besancon, Kurosaki entered a brand new relationship, a growth which “clearly exasperated Nicolas Zepeda,” in accordance with Manteaux.

Within the days earlier than her disappearance, Zepeda flew to France, employed a automobile and drove to Besancon, stopping on the best way to purchase matches, flammable liquid and bleach at a grocery store.

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