Rapid arrest in Hungary via Eurojust of suspected killer of Argentinian rugby star

23 March 2022|PRESS RELEASE

With overnight support from Eurojust, the alleged suspect of the murder of the well-known Argentinian rugby player, Federico Martin Aramburu, was arrested early this morning in Hungary. The Agency enabled the rapid execution of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW), before the end of the legal preventive custody. The suspect is now awaiting surrender to France.

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The former Argentinian rugby professional, who played for his national squad as well as several top-division teams in Scotland and France, was fatally wounded during a shooting in Paris last Saturday evening. The suspect who had fled to Hungary heading for Ukraine, was held by the border police yesterday following a search warrant from French law enforcement authorities.

The Hungarian border authorities could only hold the suspect in preventive custody for a limited timeframe before having to release him overnight. Via on-call coordination, the French and Hungarian desks at Eurojust were able to quickly transmit the EAW issued by the judicial authorities in Paris that same night and arrange the formal arrest of the suspect. This now paves the way for a surrender of the suspect by the Hungarian authorities to France. Eurojust will enable the further assistance of this procedure.