Case Narumi : the main suspect, extradited by Chile, indicted for murder - The Point

The Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, who is suspected of having killed his ex-girlfriend japanese Narumi Kurosaki in 2016 in Besançon, has been indicted for murder Frida

Case Narumi : the main suspect, extradited by Chile, indicted for murder - The Point

The Chilean Nicolas Zepeda, who is suspected of having killed his ex-girlfriend japanese Narumi Kurosaki in 2016 in Besançon, has been indicted for murder Friday, July 24. "Nicolas Zepeda has been indicted the chief of the assassination of Narumi Kurosaki," said the attorney, Stephen Coats, who will now ask for the detention of the 29-year old man, during a debate before the judge of liberties and detention (JLD).

Nicholas Zepeda, who was extradited by Chile, landed at the Roissy airport in the late morning and was driven directly by the investigators of the judicial police at Besançon, where he arrived at 16h40. This extradition procedure raise a legal series that takes in the breath of the japanese media for more than three and a half years. Nicolas Zepeda is the sole suspect in the disappearance of Narumi Kurosaki, whose body has never been found. He has always denied killing the young woman, and is defended by Me, Jacqueline Laffont, former lawyer of Nicolas Sarkozy.

An extradition quickly obtained

Narumi Kurosaki, a 21 year-old student, lived on the university campus of Besançon, where it was seen for the last time on 4 December 2016. Nicolas Zepeda, son of a wealthy family in chile, was her ex-boyfriend. They had met in 2014 in Japan, where he was studying. This son of a telecom mogul in had fallen madly in love, and had even presented to his family. According to the survey, shortly before the disappearance of Narumi, the two young people had, however, distanced themselves, and the japanese girl student had started a new relationship, arousing the jealousy of Nicolas Zepeda who was then in his country.

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prosecutor Stephen Coats was made in April 2019 in Chile with a magistrate and two investigators. Seven months later, he announced that the investigation was "closed" and justified "the request for the extradition of Nicolas Zepeda for it to appear before the assize court of Besançon for the assassination of Narumi Kurosaki". "The speed with which the chilean courts, in a context of Covid, has responded to our request for extradition is outstanding," praised Stephen Coats.

according To investigators, Nicholas Zepeda was made at the beginning of December 2016 to Besançon to see the young woman. On the evening of 4 December, they were back together in the housing of Narumi. That night, according to the prosecutor, several students were heard "howls of terror, cries". But "no one has alerted the police".

"They were still in love"

after the location of his rental car, December 6, 2016 at the dawn, the suspect was made in a wooded area, to the east of Dole (Jura), where the investigators think that it got rid of the body. A few days earlier, the young man had bought matches and a canister of flammable product. Despite significant research, the body has never been found. The former prosecutor of Besançon, france, Edwige Roux-Morizot had mentioned at the time of the facts a "profile pervasive and disturbing" about the suspect.

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this One, in a letter sent to the chilean authorities had told going to see Narumi in Besançon at the beginning of December 2016 and that they were then "realized that they were still in love". He claimed to have spent part of the night of 4 to 5 December with her, but claimed to be then left alone. The family of Narumi "hope that it will be a line of defense different," "find the body of Narumi, that's all that matters", had declared to the Agency France-Presse, their lawyer, ms. Sylvie Galley, with the announcement in may of the extradition of the Chilean.

Narumi was a brilliant student, after a very modest. She was a recipient of a scholarship for his studies at the Centre linguistique appliqué (CLA), Besançon, france. The CLA has collected 4 500 euros of donations via a pot in line to financially assist the family of the young woman to go to France for a possible trial that, that whatever happens, will not before next year.

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