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Chilean insists he did not kill Japanese ex-girlfriend at conviction appeal in France

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Guilty not guilty, one thing's for sure; he'll at least get a fair trial in France. Lucky he's not being tried in the Japanese "justice" system.

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"...at the start of his appeal against his murder conviction in a French court."

'Murder conviction' means that he has been convicted of murder.

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"No-one can say with certainty today that Narumi is dead," he said. "Scientifically, it's impossible. This is the 21st century. A country as developed as France cannot sentence a person to 28 years on the basis of a hypothesis. It's not possible."

amazing statement! if he loses with this, justice does not exist.

In Japan sentences can be made based on stupid hypotheses and not on scientific facts. let's see how France will handle this case.

-21 ( +7 / -28 )

I am amazed her body has not been found.

8 ( +10 / -2 )

Honestly that kid looks like a dope so I am surprised he could pull off a murder, hide a body for years with no witness, and do it all in a foreign country.

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Guilty not guilty, one thing's for sure; he'll at least get a fair trial in France. Lucky he's not being tried in the Japanese "justice" system.

Agree with this statement,and for sure the French police and prison guards won’t racially abuse him.

-10 ( +8 / -18 )

For some that are somehow aloof...

This Nicolas Zepeda person (Nico for those who close to him), met with the victim in Japan and they relationship ended in Japan.

the victim went to France without mentioning it Nico, why would she? they have already separated. But Mr. Zepeda found out where whe went (city and living address) and decided to go to France eventhough he had no business going there, he was not enlisted in any University nor had any business interest.

if with the above information your "Stalker alert" does not go wild... you may have a problem.

And in a city with over 110 thousand people, Mr. Zepeda just coincidentally met with her ex girlfrind?...

Additionally, there are GPS data, car rental records... still with no body, bare minimun there was a crime commited.

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RedemptionToday  06:41 pm JST

Honestly that kid looks like a dope so I am surprised he could pull off a murder, hide a body for years with no witness, and do it all in a foreign country.

Sure, if how you look defines a criminal/murderer, you just have to arrest ugly, bad looking people. Prejudice much?

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Yes all signs do point in his direction, if it's a good trial they will thoroughly explore all the alternative possibilities and then make a decision.

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This guy is a psychopath.

Or innocent.

Glad that he doesn't need to deal with the j-injustice.

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"No-one can say with certainty today that Narumi is dead," he said. "Scientifically, it's impossible. This is the 21st century. A country as developed as France cannot sentence a person to 28 years on the basis of a hypothesis. It's not possible."

If this is the strategy the defense is going to follow, and knowing all the details that have been made known about the case, it seems like a desperate attempt that is not likely to give good results.

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I am amazed her body has not been found.

It happens. The body of a French woman who disappeared in Nikko some years has not been found. The Jura is a big place.

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if the death of the woman can not be confirmed, the sentence is illegal and groundless.

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Sure, if how you look defines a criminal/murderer, you just have to arrest ugly, bad looking people. Prejudice much?

You missed my point. He does not look smart enough to pull that off without getting caught. Thus my logic is that it takes an intelligent person to avoid leaving evidence or getting caught, especially in a foreign country where a foreigner would stand out. Prejudice is a word so overused that it should be buried for all time.

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He looks like a doofus, but appearance and intelligence are not correlated.

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I remember this girl from Tsukuba where I think she went to the uni.

Just because no body was found, it doesn't mean that there isn't enough evidence there to convict this guy. He was obviously involved in her disappearance and there was abundant evidence for it - he's a jealous, possessive, manipulative psychopath. His 28 year term should be upgraded to life with no possibility of parole until he admits what he's done and reveals where her body is so her family can get some closure.

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The father has a lot of nerve, like father like son both are delusional, the son denies the murder when all the evidence in the first trial points him as the only known murderer and the father is in denial saying his son did not commit the crime. I can guarantee they are looking at a trial where the guy killed a American girl Holiday and his lawyers appear to be using the same tactics to try to get this guy exonerated because no body has been found. We all know that a dead person can not talk but the evidence speaks from the grave. The father wants his son home WTF he can go visit him in prison anytime, but Narumi's family can only honor her memory in thought and not even a grave site. Zepeda has sat in jail long enough to learn french during this time he as also built a mindset to deny his wrongs. No psychiatric examination and or new witnesses will help the murderer and liar. You can tell a lie a thousand ways and you have to constantly remember the thousands responses you gave for that lie. This is where he will get tripped up, because you can only tell the TRUTH ONE WAY there is no need to remember the truth.

The defendant's father, Humberto Zepeda, said he wanted to see his son exonerated at the end of the "new trial."

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Just because no body was found, it doesn't mean that there isn't enough evidence there to convict this guy.

I'd like to see the evidence instead of convicting someone just because the girl's body can't be found.

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I'd like to see the evidence instead of convicting someone just because the girl's body can't be found.

Just pull up the Wikipedia page about the case and read it.

If that doesn't convince you then just consider the fact that he was found guilty in a trial in a country with a respectable, modern legal system in which he was defended by one of the best lawyers in the whole country.

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To look at the picture of this guy reminds me of Ted Bundy, a man with the looks of a charismatic young man. His looks got him close enough to his victims to target them. Looks don't make a killer a killer and this nerdy, good looking guy was convicted. Yes, he has the right to appeal, but not the right to get away with murder.

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Bring him to Japan justice..

ASAP..

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I must add France do accept lie detector test in those trials. This is officially used by public law office. This is used with good intelligence of course, but if an accused want to prove his good faith, he can. The new lie detector, very hard to break to be honest and used with other lie detection technics, is the safest way to get out free of charges.

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Here, there is no doubt he is guilty. A body or not is no more necessary in France when somebody is missing and all evidence show this wasn’t their choice. They are treated as dead.

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The future won’t be a trial based on the word of a policeman or a DNA test, but on the lie detector to guaranty the truth in trials. Justice system will change a lot with the implementation of the new lies detectors technology.

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MMF

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if the death of the woman can not be confirmed, the sentence is illegal and groundless.

What a bizarre thing to say. "Illegal and groundless" in your mind maybe - but absolutely legal in French and most system's law. Of course the conviction is legal without a body.

Hope this cold-blooded killer gets more years added on (if the French appeals system allows this).

RIP Narumi.

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Guilty not guilty, one thing's for sure; he'll at least get a fair trial in France. Lucky he's not being tried in the Japanese "justice" system.

Agree with this statement,and for sure the French police and prison guards won’t racially abuse him.

Agree with the 2 of you

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Most Japanese, and probably most Japanaphiles will find it hard to understand that in most advanced, civilised countries with a proper rule of law, there is actually an appeals procedure , and not just rubber stamping sessions.

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

Bring him to Japan justice..

ASAP..

Remember the last time the French and Japanese got together to deal jointly with a convicted murderer/cannibal/necrophiliac? The Japanese ended up releasing him unconditionally only for him to go on to gain some kind of macabre celebrity status in Japan being invited as a speaker, commentator, author etc.

Probably just best to let the French deal with it.

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A body thrown in the ocean will never be found.

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Alan HarrisonToday  10:16 am JST

Correct!

in fact, even Japanese judges prevent appeals for not overturning their own selfish judgment.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

If he didn't do it, and they find out what really happened it would be an amazing story, talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Reality is though, there's a 99.99% chance he did it.

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@Tokyoliving

Justice and Japan in the same sentence?

You made me laugh there.

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Just pull up the Wikipedia page about the case and read it.

If that doesn't convince you then just consider the fact that he was found guilty in a trial in a country with a respectable, modern legal system in which he was defended by one of the best lawyers in the whole country.

You're probably right. Articles like this one should include more information - or at least give links to such Wikipedia sites so readers can get a fuller story. I hate making assumptions on bad or incomplete info.

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