Spain mounts murder probe into kung fu master

4th June 2013, Comments 0 comments

Police probed a Spanish kung fu master for murder Tuesday after a woman's screams led them to break into his gymnasium, where they found bones believed to be of human origin.

Police in the northern city of Bilbao forced open the doors of 47-year-old Juan Carlos Aguilar's gymnasium, Zen4, on Sunday when a neighbour reported hearing the woman's cries from within.

Inside, officers found a female victim of a "very violent attack" that left her in a coma, Basque deputy police chief Luis Cobo told reporters the day after the discovery.

The martial arts instructor, described by the Spanish media as a former kung fu world champion, was detained awaiting formal charges, which must be filed within 72 hours of his arrest.

Police found bones in the gymnasium which appeared to be human remains, Cobo said. Scientists were conducting a DNA analysis to verify the suspicion, he said.

"If these are human remains, it remains to be determined whether they belong to one or several people," the deputy police chief added.

Forensic police searched the gymnasium and divers checked the depths of rivers in Bilbao as part of a broad probe.

"The investigation continues," a Basque police spokesman said Tuesday, refusing to give further details.

Aguilar, who set up his own Ocean of Tranquility monastery, became known in the 1990s as the first Western master of the Shaolin school of kung fu, according to the Spanish media.

Leading Spanish daily El Pais said the man was a three-time world champion and eight-time Spanish champion of kung fu. The paper said he described himself as "a representative of Buddha on Earth".

"Our aim is to create a permanent place where we can learn, practice and develop the philosophy and teachings of Master Juan C. Aguilar," says the Facebook page of his so-called monastery.

© 2013 AFP

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