Loïk Le Priol placed in detention upon his arrival in France

Loik Le Priol (second from right), main suspect in the murder of ex-rugby player Federico Martin Aramburu, in Budapest, Hungary, on March 25, 2022.

Suspected of having shot and killed the former Argentinian rugby player Federico Martin Aramburu on March 19 in Paris, Loïk Le Priol was placed, on the evening of Thursday March 31, in judicial detention on his arrival at Roissy airport – Charles-de-Gaulle from Budapest, said a judicial source contacted by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The 27-year-old former marine commando, targeted by a European arrest warrant, was arrested on the night of March 22 to 23 at the Zahony border post in Hungary, near Ukraine, where he claimed go fight. He will spend the night at the airport before his transfer on Friday to the Paris court, according to an airport source.

After its passage before the investigating judge, a hearing before the judge of freedoms and detention will have to rule on a judicial review or placement in pre-trial detention.

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“Complicity in Murder”

In this case, two other people have already been indicted and imprisoned. Close to Loïk Le Priol, Romain Bouvier, 31, was indicted for “assassination” and two offenses related to the possession of weapons. Suspected of having also shot Aramburu, he was imprisoned in the prison of Health in Paris.

A 24-year-old woman, presented as the girlfriend of Loïk Le Priol, was also indicted for “complicity in murder” and remanded in custody. She is suspected of having driven a vehicle belonging to Mr. Le Priol on the evening of the incident.

According to the first elements of the investigation, the 42-year-old former Argentinian rugby player was shot and killed after an altercation in a bar in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Le Mabillon. Activist of the ultra-right movement Groupe union defense (GUD), Loïk Le Priol is known for his radicalism and his violence, which earned him to be “file S” by the general direction of internal security, specified to AFP sources familiar with the matter.

He must appear, like Romain Bouvier, in court in June to “aggravated violence” against a member of the GUD, whom they are suspected of having beaten and humiliated with three other members of the ultra-right movement. Their judicial control prohibited them from making contact.

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The World with AFP

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