Six people indicted in France, suspected of a murder committed in Croatia

Six people were indicted Thursday in Paris for murder in an organized gang, suspected of being involved in the murder of a young Frenchman in Croatia in March 2020, AFP learned Thursday from a judicial source. Five of them were placed in pre-trial detention and one under judicial control, according to the same source.

In this investigation, seven men and a woman born between 1971 and 1998 had been arrested at the beginning of the week in the Paris region and in the Haut-Rhin and placed in police custody in the premises of the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against persons (OCRVP) of the judicial police. Six of them were presented to the investigating judge.

The body of the victim, aged 24, was discovered on March 20, 2020, half charred in a forest in northwestern Croatia near the coastal town of Rijeka, Croatian police sources told AFP. The young man was strangled before the body was carried into the woods and doused with gasoline, they said.

According to a source close to the investigation, this murder could have a “villainous motive” related to life insurance contracts. According to Parisian, OCRVP investigators are interested in three contracts contracted by the victim between 2018 and 2020, for a total amount of 1.2 million euros, the beneficiary of which was a man convicted in 2012 for a vast fraud. This man is one of eight suspects arrested.




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