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Ex-soldier with neo-Nazi connections arrested on suspicion of shooting Federico Aramburu

Federico Aramburu, crowned 24 times by Argentina, was shot five times while walking back to his hotel after watching France in the Six Nations against England on Saturday

Federico Aramburu was shot dead in Paris
Federico Aramburu was shot dead in Paris

An ex-soldier with ties to neo-Nazi groups has been arrested on suspicion Rugby star Federico Aramburu shot dead in Paris.

Loik Le Priol, 27, is believed to have been caught on video after the killing of 42-year-old Aramburu on Saturday night. The former Argentina international and Glasgow Warriors star was seen in the French capital France play England by doing Six Nations.

He got into an argument at the Mabillon bar in the upscale St Germain-des-Pres neighborhood and was then attacked by a gunman, who fired from a car driven by a woman. Cameras then reportedly caught Le Priol speeding away from the scene before fleeing France.

“Le Priol was arrested in Hungary on Wednesday night after an international arrest warrant was issued,” an investigative source said. “He will now be extradited to France as the prime suspect in the murder of Federico Aramburu.”

An unnamed 24-year-old woman has already been arrested in connection with the case and charged with “aiding in murder”. The images identifying both suspects are said to be “extremely good,” the source said, adding that “five bullets” were fired at Aramburu.

A former naval commando, Le Priol is known in France as a former member of the now defunct Union Defense Group (GUD). The group, gathered under the symbol of the Celtic cross, has been linked to neo-Nazi ideas and violent physical attacks on leftists.







Aramburu has been capped 24 times by Argentina
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Aramburu, who lived in the French Basque Country, was with fellow rugby player Shaun Hegarty, 38, when he was killed but Hegarty was unharmed. Aramburu’s family has denounced the “heinous crime” and called on the police to bring those responsible to justice.

Solicitor Yann Le Bras said: “This heinous crime and his death have left his family and friends, and most importantly the rugby world, stunned and in unspeakable pain. The coming days must be dedicated to the grief of his family and allow the police to work quietly.”

Aramburu won 22 caps for Argentina and played at the 2007 World Cup in France, where he scored a try as the Pumas beat the hosts in the third-place play-off. From 2004 to 2010 he played club rugby in France for Biarritz, Perpignan and Dax and for Glasgow Warriors in Scotland.

Since retiring from sport, he has lived in Biarritz and worked for a tourism company. The tragic events eventually clouded the dramatic final day of the Six Nations.

host France defeated England 25-13 to seal their first Grand Slam since 2010. earlier in the day Ireland had taken off Scotland 26-5 to secure the triple crown.

And Italy ended a 36-game losing streak in the tournament with a superb win over Wales in Cardiffwith Edoardo Padovani going under the post late to seal a 22-21 win for the Azzuri.

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