French authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Chilean man suspected of murdering a Japanese student who went missing in the town of Besancon last month, authorities said on Tuesday.
Narumi Kurosaki, 21, was studying French at the university of Besancon in the country's east before she went missing on the night of December 4.
Her body has yet to be found but her Chilean ex-boyfriend, who is believed to have fled to his home country, is suspected of her murder.
"Several students living on the same floor (of her student residence) heard a loud cry on the night of December 4-5. From that moment on, there was no trace of Narumi."
Anne-Laure Saillet, a 20-year-old student, told AFP she heard "bangs on the doors and furniture and afterwards I heard a very shrill cry, very sharp and loud. It was a woman's cry. "At first I thought it was a horror film but when it continued I became worried."
Chile's Supreme Court has issued a summons for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France in December, officials said on Wednesday (Feb 8).
The suspect, 26-year-old Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, is "summoned to appear on Tuesday, February 14," said a statement from the country's highest court.
Zepeda has been identified as the main suspect in the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend, Narumi Kurosaki.
Kurosaki, 21, disappeared in December in Besancon in eastern France, where she had been studying French since September.
Investigators believe she was killed, but have still not found her body. Zepeda was in Besancon the day she disappeared, according to French authorities, who suspect he murdered her and then fled home to Chile.
Chile's Supreme Court last week rejected France's request to arrest Zepeda, saying French authorities had provided only "scarce information" on the case against him.
The 26-year-old Chilean suspected of murdering in December Narumi Kurosaki, a Japanese student in Besancon, appeared on Tuesday (February 14th) before the Supreme Court in Santiago, where he claimed his innocence, according to his lawyer.
The 26-year-old arrived at his lawyer's side Pelayo Vial around 11:00 (GMT.) "We will defend ourselves, of course. We reject the charges against my client ," said Vial. Mr. Zepeda was summoned to appear before the Supreme Court, which refused at the beginning of February to detain the young man at the request of the French court because of "little information about the punishable acts and his participation ".
"We appeared voluntarily as soon as Nicolas had knowledge of the first requests of the French State , " Chilean's lawyer added, refuting that his client is trying to escape justice. Zepeda's defense will be ensured since Chile because "to assume a defense in France is impossible, physically as economically, for our client" , explained Mr. Vial.
A few minutes after his appearance, the Chilean left without making a statement to the press, including Japanese media who had made the trip.
The body of Narumi Kurosaki, 21, who studied French in Besançon (eastern France) since September, remains untraceable, but French police and justice are convinced of his death. Nicolas Zepeda Contreras returned to his native country after the disappearance of Narumi who had maintained a romantic relationship with him before leaving.
Five months ago, a call to witnesses was issued by the police: Naruro Kurosaki's name and face appeared for the first time in public. The already tiny hope at the time, is reduced to ashes today. In accordance with the early statement of the Bisontin investigators, the Japanese student disappeared on the night of December 4 to 5 on campus has, a priori, no chance of being found alive.
Stretched on three separate continents, this extraordinary case has already undergone multiple twists. Investigators gathered evidence against a single suspect. Nicolas Zepeda-Contreras. Narumi's ex-boyfriend.
From his native Chile, this 26-year-old man fiercely denies having committed such a crime, while delivering a wobbly account of this mysterious night. His profile, described by the prosecution as "invasive" vis-à-vis the victim, as well as a disturbing threats video exhumed from the web and dated September 2016, also fuel the thesis of a passionate motive.
Nicolas Zepeda-Contreras is presumed innocent. Until proven otherwise. France therefore wishes to obtain his extradition, in order to bring him back to the offices of the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Besançon, with a view to an indictment for murder. This objective is shattered against a frustrating but unavoidable reality, black point of this inquiry also roundly carried out with the absence of the body.
Since that 4th of December in the evening, no one has ever seen Narumi again, neither alive nor dead. The JP was able to delimit remote areas into which the suspect was supposed to get rid of the corpse, but these areas are still too large and none of the beatings that have been carried out have yet been completed . This "detail" hinders the Chilean Supreme Court, which is reluctant to hand over Zepeda-Contreras to the French authorities in the current state of affairs. And without a proven body.
"It has been learned that a request for extradition can only be made once, so it has not yet been transmitted to the Chilean court. This request is ready, but we prefer to wait to have more elements than what we already have, and possibly to find the body of Narumi. We do not want to lose our chance, "says Edwige Roux-Morizot, the prosecutor of the Republic of Besançon. "The investigation is continuing. There are international rogatory commissions that are being processed, audits being done. The police are very active on this issue," adds the magistrate. If the extradition fails, two solutions would remain: either to transmit the entire procedure to Chile, then free to put in examination, try and possibly condemn its national (via what is called an "official denunciation of the facts" ), Or to keep the proceedings in France to investigate, judge and perhaps condemn this Nicolas Zepeda-Contreras, even in his physical absence ("trial in absentia").