Ex-Argentina rugby star murder suspect detained at Ukrainian border


Federico Martin Ambaru was shot dead in Paris on Saturday

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The main suspect in the murder of a former Argentinian rugby player in Paris has been arrested at Hungary’s border with Ukraine, authorities said.

Loïk Le Priol, a former soldier who is believed to have far-right ties, told Hungarian police in Záhony that he was traveling to Ukraine to fight.

Three combat knives were found in his vehicle, police said in a statement.

His name has been on a French police watch list since the fatal shooting of Federico Martin Aramburu on Saturday.

Mr. Aramburu, winger with 22 Argentine selections, had come to Paris with customers from his travel agency to attend the France-England Six Nations rugby match.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr. Aramburu, 42, and a companion were allegedly involved in an argument in a bar in the Saint-Germain district of Paris, reports the AFP news agency.

On the way back to their hotel, the two men were accosted by three people in a car, adds AFP. One of them fired several shots at Aramburu, killing him.

Mr. Le Priol, the suspected shooter, is expected to be handed over to French police by Hungarian authorities in the coming days.

Another man and a woman were also arrested in France, according to local media.

France Info reports that the other man – who is also believed to have links to the far right – was arrested on Wednesday morning.

On Tuesday, a 24-year-old woman, who allegedly drove the car, was charged with complicity in murder, adds France Info.

The three knives found in Loïk Le Priol's vehicle

Hungarian authorities said three knives were found in Le Priol’s vehicle

Mr. Le Priol, a former naval commando, is said to be a member of the Union Defense Group (GUD), local media report.

The far-right organization was active in some universities in the 1970s before gradually losing influence and being disbanded in 2017, according to French newspaper Le Figaro.

Mr. Le Priol was already to be tried this year for violent assault on a former colleague, adds Le Figaro.

He is also the founder of a clothing brand aimed at far-right nationalists.

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