The trial of a Chilean man accused of murdering his former Japanese girlfriend is likely to begin in France next January at the earliest.
University of Tsukuba student Kurosaki Narumi went missing in 2016, while she was studying in Besancon, eastern France.
Prosecutors in the country revealed on Tuesday that Nicolas Zepeda's trial will start sometime between January and March of next year.
Earlier in February, judicial authorities ordered Zepeda to stand trial. Last month, an appellate court dismissed the appeal that Zepeda filed against the order.
The prosecutors say Zepeda has admitted that he met Kurosaki before she went missing. But they say that he denies murdering her. They also say that he maintains he was not involved in her disappearance.