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Arrest Warrant Issued For Former Partner Of Cecilia Haddad

But there are legal hurdles to return him to Australia.

An arrest warrant has reportedly been issued for the former partner of murdered Sydney woman Cecilia Haddad.

The Daily Telegraph reports NSW Police have approached the Department of the Attorney-General over plans to extradite Mario Marcelo Santoro, who is currently in Brazil.

But there are legal hurdles to return him to Australia.

Brazilian woman Cecilia Haddad was a mining executive who had lived in Australia for about ten years. Image: AAP

The 40-year-old has not been charged but is a suspect in the investigation into Ms Haddad’s death after her body was found in a river in Sydney’s north-west in April.

“We are not in a position to make any further comment on the investigation at this stage,” a NSW Police spokeswoman said.

It is understood the federal Attorney-General’s Department are involved in negotiations with authorities in Brazil, where orders to send citizens to face alleged offences committed in a foreign country are generally not acted upon.

A general view of the Lane Cove River where the body of Cecilia Haddad was found fully clothed. Image: AAP

“The Australian government does not disclose whether it has, or intends to make, an extradition request to a foreign country until the person is arrested or brought before the court in a foreign country,” the federal Attorney-General Department said in a statement.

Haddad, a former mining executive, was found fully clothed in the Lane Cove River, near Woolwich, on April 29.

The 28-year-old, who had arrived in Australia more than a decade ago and moved to Sydney in 2016, was reported missing by her friends the day before when she failed to show up to appointments.

Cecilia Haddad's Red Fiat 500 was discovered parked at West Ryde train station the day after she was found. Image: AAP

Santoro had reportedly left Sydney to fly home to Rio de Janeiro around the same time her body was discovered. 

Last month, he told the Daily Telegraph he was “at the disposal” of police.

Police earlier confirmed Haddad had asked Santoro to move out of her apartment weeks before her death.