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Paraguay’s anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was assassinated on Tuesday gunmen on jet ski The place where they spent their honeymoon in Colombian Caribbean near Cartagena.
According to the reconstruction, 45-year-old Pekki died from two shots received on Bar Island, a special tourist area in northern Colombia. His wife, journalist Claudia Aguilera,
“Two men attack Marcelo. Wen’an, UN in a small boat jet sky, I didn’t really look at it that well,” the woman told the newspaper. time.
One of the attackers got out and “without saying a word he shot Marcelo twice, I got one effect on the face and the other on the back”Aguilera described.
The director of the Colombian police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, told a news conference that the US anti-drug agency DEA, Colombian and Paraguayan officials are working to “get as much information as possible” about the crime.
We will organize “an international search and” Location of these criminals Wherever they are,” the official said.
the police announced Reward equivalent to approximately $488,000 for information So that the killers can be arrested.
Helicopters, divers, experts, fingerprint experts and special prosecutors are part of the investigative body in charge of the case.
The United States’ Under Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Brian Nichols, wrote in a tweet that his country “condemns the murder of the prosecutor” and that he “commits to working with the authorities of Paraguay and the entire US.” and confirms the determination.” Continent.” In the fight against organized crime.
Pecky married on April 30 and spent their honeymoon at the Decameron Hotel, which also provided details of the murder.
“This morning, one of our guests was attacked and killed by assailants who arrived on jet skis on the beach in front of the Hotel Decameron bar,” he said in a statement.
According to his wife, There was “no threat” to the prosecutor.
In Communicator’s final publication on Instagram, the couple is seen on the beach and in the foreground, embracing some baby shoes.
The Attorney General of Paraguay, a personal friend of Pecqui, told W Radio that Aguilera is pregnant.
“I will always keep Marcelo in my heart. An honest man, a fighter, a thorough prosecutor”Paraguay’s prosecutor, Sandra Quiónez, said earlier in a news conference.
Police spread the image of one of Pekki’s alleged attackers in search of information that would allow him to be apprehended. In the picture you can see a thin, dark-skinned man, smiling, wearing a hat and sunglasses.
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He was known for his involvement in the matter that placed him former football player ronaldinho behind bars between March and August 2020 for entering Paraguay with false documents.
According to General Vargas, his men had “no knowledge” of the explorer’s stay in Colombia, despite being “one of the best-preserved persons in Paraguay”.
“Master of the Mob”
Colombia’s President, Iván Duque, rejected the killing of Pecchi via Twitter and assured that he is in communication with his Paraguayan counterpart, Mario Abdo Bentez, to “agree on all cooperation to find those responsible “
Earlier, Abdo had expressed his disapproval on the same social network. “The whole nation of Paraguay mourns the cowardly killing of prosecutor Marcelo Pecchi in Colombia. We strongly condemn this tragic act and reiterate our commitment to the fight against organized crime.”
According to the Paraguayan ambassador to Colombia, Sofia López, because this is an ongoing investigation, Pecci’s body will not be transferred “immediately”.
The diplomat assured Unicanal that the prosecutor was on a “private” visit and that no work meetings were scheduled during his visit to Colombia.
On his part, Augusto Salas, president of the Federation of Financial Agents of Paraguay, believes that Behind this “coup” may be the mafia.
“The way he acted, The way they executed is typical of the mafia, So I can’t think of anything else until the contrary is proved,” said the prosecutor.
Paraguay’s prosecutor’s office in a statement mourned the “loss” of his “colleague” and assured that they were taking action to provide assistance and guarantee the safety of his family.
Paraguay and Colombia come from strengthening their alliance against organized and transnational crime.
At a recent meeting in Cartagena with Abdo Bentez, the duke announced that his government would support the people with intelligence and military training in their fight against the Paraguayan army, a guerrilla group that kidnaps and kills hundreds of soldiers, police officers and civilians. trapped in ,
Colombian government faces drug funded violence Which followed a peace deal with the FARC, the most powerful rebel organization on the continent at the time. Despite decades of drug enforcement, the country remains the world’s largest supplier of cocaine.
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