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article imageChile summons for suspect in Japanese student's death

By AFP     Feb 8, 2017 in Crime

Chile's Supreme Court has issued a summons for a Chilean man suspected of killing a Japanese student in France in December, officials said Wednesday.

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.

However, it barred the Chilean teaching assistant from leaving the country pending a decision on France's request to extradite him.

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