France To Ask Chile To Hand Over Suspected Killer

France to ask Chile to hand over suspected killer

A French prosecutor says French authorities will ask Chile to hand over a national suspected of killing a Japanese university student. He adds the French side plans to convene a trial.

French authorities put Nicolas Zepeda on an international wanted list on suspicion of killing his former girlfriend Narumi Kurosaki. She disappeared in December 2016 while studying in the eastern French city of Besancon. The 28-year-old suspect is now in Chile.

A French prosecutor held a news conference on Thursday, announcing results of the questioning of Zepeda jointly conducted by French and Chilean investigators earlier this month.

The prosecutor said investigators told Zepeda of his right to remain silent and posed 95 questions during the roughly 90-minute interrogation. Zepeda did not reply to any of the queries.

The prosecutor said he believes the French side has enough evidence to request the handover of Zepeda on suspicion of killing Kurosaki.

He said French authorities plan to ask their Chilean counterparts this autumn to hand over the suspect to France.

The prosecutor said French authorities will try the case in France next year even if Chilean authorities do not hand over the suspect.