Suspect in the murder of a Japanese woman will be sent to France from Chile on July 23

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This photo taken on January 3, 2017 shows an emergency exit to a dormitory at the University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, in eastern France, where Narumi Kurosaki, a 21-year-old Japanese woman, lived until her disappeared in early December 2016.. (Kyodo)

SAO PAULO (Kyodo) – Chile’s highest court said Friday that a man suspected of killing a Japanese student would be sent to France on July 23 in response to an extradition request from French prosecutors.

Nicolas Zepeda Contreras, a 29-year-old Chilean suspected of having killed Narumi Kurosaki in France in 2016, will be placed under house arrest before his departure, partly as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus.

We don’t know where Kurosaki, who was a student at the Japanese University of Tsukuba, is since she had dinner with Zepeda and returned with him to the dormitory of her university in Besançon, in the east of France, December 4 of the same year. She was 21 years old at the time.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Zepeda must be quarantined for two weeks before leaving for France, and Chilean prosecutors have asked the court to place him under house arrest for this purpose.

Shortly after Kurosaki’s disappearance, Zepeda returned to his native Chile. Kurosaki’s body was not found and Zepeda denied having killed her.

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