Former French soldier taken to court for murder of Ex-Argentina star Federico Aramburu

A judge said on Friday that a French ex-soldier has been accused with the murder of Argentine rugby star Federico Martin Aramburu and has been held in pre-trial prison.

After an incident in a pub in Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris, on March 19, a former marine commando and member of an ultra-right outfit is accused of opening fire on the former Argentine international, who died on the spot.

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

According to Hungarian police, Le Priol informed them that he was “heading to Ukraine to fight” against Russia’s incursion.

On Thursday, he was deported to France and jailed.

In 2017, the suspect was sentenced to a four-month suspended prison sentence for violence after leaving a nightclub.

Two more people have been charged and remanded in custody in connection with the murder.

Romain Bouvier, 31, a close friend of Le Priol’s, has been charged with murder and two weapons-related offenses. He’s also suspected of assassinating Aramburu.

Le Priol’s girlfriend, a 24-year-old woman, was accused with “complicity in murder.”

On the night of the event, she is accused of driving a vehicle belonging to Le Priol.

Aramburu, 42, was fatally shot in the early hours of March 19 after he and a group of pals got into an altercation with another group at a cafe in Paris’s posh Saint-Germain neighborhood.

Le Priol and another suspect are alleged to have returned to the cafe after leaving and fired six bullets at Aramburu from a car.

Federico Aramburu won 22 caps for Argentina

Aramburu earned 22 Argentina caps as a centre or winger, including a try in the Pumas’ third-place playoff win over the hosts at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

From 2004 to 2010, he played club rugby in France for Biarritz, Perpignan, and Dax, winning the Top 14 twice with Biarritz and eventually becoming a member of their board of directors.

Federico Aramburu had lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company since retiring from sports.

Le Priol, who wore a black jacket and had dark slicked-back hair and a moustache, welcomed his lawyers with a smile after the court’s judgment on Friday.

Lawyer Xavier Nogueras said after the hearing that his client had nothing to add to what had been mentioned in court.

Nogueras had requested a closed-door hearing, claiming that Le Priol’s family had received “specific death threats” from “those claiming to be part of the Basque community, the extreme left, and the ultra-left.”

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