Friday, March 31, 2023

Colombia: Suspects in Prosecutor’s Homicide Accept Charges

BOGOTÁ ( Associated Press) — Four suspects in the crime of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci accepted charges Monday before a Colombian judge, assuming their participation in that crime, a prosecutor’s office official told The Associated Press who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak. talk to the press.

The prosecution charged them with the crimes of aggravated homicide and manufacturing, trafficking and carrying firearms. One of them, the Venezuelan Wender Scott Carrillo, would have been the one who shot. Francisco Luis Correa Galeano, who would have been in charge of logistics and financing, was the only one who did not accept charges.

The hypothesis of the Colombian authorities suggests that the crime would be related to the investigations carried out by Pecci against international terrorism. The prosecutor was investigating the criminal organization Primer Comando Capital, originating in Brazil and with a presence in Paraguay, and also participated in the operation “A Ultranza PY” against drug trafficking to Europe.

The hearing was held under reservation due to threats denounced by the judge in the case in Colombia. One of the defendants made “threatening statements”, the judge said on Friday during another hearing.

The murder of the prosecutor against organized crime occurred on the morning of May 10 on a private beach on the Barú peninsula, in Cartagena, when he was enjoying his honeymoon with his wife, journalist Claudia Aguilera, who was unharmed. .

According to the prosecution, Marisol Londoño Bedoya and her son Cristian Camilo Monsalve stayed at the Decameron Hotel in Barú to follow Pecci and report his movements to the rest of the gang. On the day of the crime, two men arrived on a jet ski at the private beach and Scott Carrillo would have fired three shots at the prosecutor, causing his death. A fifth member, Eiverson Zabaleta Arrieta, would be in charge of later transporting the assassins.

The five people were captured on Friday in Medellín, in the northwest of the country, where they were taking refuge in two houses where a firearm was found, a place where the authorities arrived after a “human source” revealed their location. Colombia offered a reward of up to $500,000 for information that would help in the investigation.

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