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Ex-soldier and ‘white nationalist’ charged with murder of Argentinian rugby star Federico Aramburu in Paris

A former French soldier with links to a far-right group has been charged with the murder of Argentinian rugby star Federico Aramburu.

Stade Francais Paris Rugby released a statement last month revealing the former player Argentina international Aramburu was killed in Paris.

Former Argentina international Federico Aramburu, 42, was shot dead after an altercation at a bar in Paris last month

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Former Argentina international Federico Aramburu, 42, was shot dead after an altercation at a bar in Paris last monthPhoto credit: AFP
Former French soldier Loik Le Priol (centre) has been charged with murder

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Former French soldier Loik Le Priol (centre) has been charged with murderPhoto credit: AFP

Former naval commander Loik Le Priol – who is also a member of a far-right movement – is suspected of opening fire on the former Aramburu after an altercation at a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in Paris on March 19.

Aramburu, 42, died on the spot.

Le Priol, who was serving in Mali and Djibouti, was arrested four days later on a European arrest warrant at the Zahony border crossing between Hungary and Ukraine.

Hungarian police said Le Priol told them “he is going to Ukraine to fight against the Russian invasion of the country”.

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He was sent back to France on Thursday and jailed.

The suspect was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence in 2017 for assault after leaving a nightclub.

Two others were charged and remanded in custody for the murder.

Romain Bouvier, 31, a close friend of Le Priol, has been charged with murder and two offenses related to gun possession. He is also suspected of having shot Aramburu as well.

A 24-year-old woman introduced as Le Priol’s friend has been charged with “complicity in the murder”.

She is suspected of driving a Le Priol vehicle on the evening of the incident.

Mourners gather for the funeral in Biarritz on March 26

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Mourners gather for the funeral in Biarritz on March 26Photo credit: AFP

Aramburu was shot dead in the early hours of March 19 after he and some friends got into an argument with another group at a café in Paris’s chic Saint-Germain district.

After leaving the cafe, Le Priol and another suspect reportedly returned and fired multiple shots from a car at Aramburu.

Playing as a center or winger, Aramburu has won 22 caps for Argentina, including at the 2007 World Cup in France, where he scored a try as the Pumas beat the hosts in the third-place play-off.

From 2004 to 2010 he played club rugby in France for Biarritz, Perpignan and Dax, winning the top 14 twice with Biarritz and later sitting on the club’s board.

Since retiring from the sport, Aramburu has lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company.

Le Priol, with dark slicked-back hair and mustache and wearing a black jacket, greeted the court’s decision on Friday with a smile for his lawyers.

After the hearing, lawyer Xavier Nogueras said his client had nothing to add to what had been said in court.

Nogueras had called for a closed-door hearing and said Le Priol’s family had been “subjected to explicit death threats from people claiming to be members of the Basque community, the far left and the ultra-left”.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18142124/federico-aramburu-murder-ex-soldier-charged/ Ex-soldier and ‘white nationalist’ charged with murder of Argentinian rugby star Federico Aramburu in Paris

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