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Far-right activist prime suspect in murder of ex-rugby player Federico Martin Aramburu

  Rugby player Federico Martin Aramburu, during the match between France and Argentina at the Parc des Princes, in Paris, on October 19, 2007.

Shot dead, right in Paris. The investigation is advancing into the murder of former rugby player and ex-Argentine international Federico Martin Aramburu, shot dead on Saturday March 19 as he left a bar in the capital with a friend. A woman in her twenties was arrested on Saturday. His police custody was lifted Monday evening for deferment for the opening of a judicial investigation, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office. It must be presented to an investigating judge on Tuesday for a probable indictment. Two men are still wanted, and the profile of the main suspect, known for his violence and his involvement in far-right circles, is becoming clearer.

Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Saturday, at dawn. Federico Martin Aramburu ends the night at Le Mabillon bar-brasserie with a former Biarritz player like him, Shaun Hegarty. “The two friends wanted to have a bite to eat at sunrise, after a party. In the spirit of a third half of rugby,” precise Mand Christophe Cariou-Martin, Shaun Hegarty’s lawyer. The two friends are partners in a travel agency in the Basque Country; In particular, they organize circuits in Argentina around rugby and wine. Saturday evening, they should have attended with their customers the coronation of the XV of France in the Six Nations Tournament, after its victory against England at the Stade de France.

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But in the early morning, a first altercation breaks out between the two men and another group, for a trifle as late nights in bars know how to produce. A history of cigarettes, all on a background “nauseous”, according to a source close to the investigation: someone would have thrown them “I’m from here, I’m French from France. » The bouncer intervenes, calms and separates everyone.

“Heinous crime”

The two friends then leave the bar, without imagining that the attack will continue a few meters further. A car approaches while a man comes running behind them. Shots are fired. Federico Martin Aramburu is hit several times. Rescue vehicles and police quickly arrive on the spot, and a firefighter tries to revive him with cardiac massage, in vain. The 42-year-old former player, father of three, was pronounced dead shortly before 7 a.m.

One “heinous crime”, according to Federico Martin Aramburu’s family lawyer, Mand Yann Le Bras, who specifies that tributes to his memory can be addressed to the Biarritz Olympique club. “The days to come must be devoted to the recollection of his family, adds the lawyer, and the serene work of the Paris criminal brigade”, to which were entrusted the investigations of the flagrance investigation for assassination opened by the Paris prosecutor’s office. Shaun Hegarty, for his part, filed a complaint against X for attempted murder with a civil action.

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