BOGOTA ( Associated Press) – Authorities in El Salvador on Wednesday apprehended a Colombian woman allegedly linked to the May 2022 murder of Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pekki in the Colombian Caribbean.
Margaretha Chacón Zúñiga, 42, has been accused by the Colombian prosecutor’s office of allegedly participating in meetings that coordinated the crime and of being the owner of a confiscated van that contained two other prisoners who had already taken their responsibility. Had accepted, mobilized.
Pekki was assassinated on May 10, 2022, while he was enjoying his honeymoon with his wife on the beach of Baru, near Cartagena. Two men who arrived at the private beach on jet skis shot him in the head, chest and neck and fled the scene. His wife was unwell.
The prosecutor was investigating powerful criminal organizations in his country such as First Capital Command, which according to Colombian police, were planning to assassinate him, which they failed to carry out in Paraguay. He also participated in the “A Ultranza PY” investigation against drug trafficking from Paraguay to Europe, involving important drug traffickers.
El Salvador’s National Civil Police reported via Twitter that Chacón was apprehended along with a Salvadoran, Vilbert Giovanni Rodríguez, who had helped hide him in that country, while some images showed those captured wearing bulletproof vests. Was wearing a vest and helmet. The government indicated in a statement that Rodriguez would answer in his home country for the illegal groups’ crimes.
President Nayib Bukele indicated on the same social network that “El Salvador will not become a sanctuary for criminals.”
The Minister of Justice and Public Security, Gustavo Vilatoro, reported that Chacón entered El Salvador on May 26, 2022, and that on January 16, 2023, Interpol teams informed that he was wanted, whereupon they proceeded to apprehend him.
Officials, working closely with their Colombian counterparts, indicated that Chacon would be handed over to Colombia in the next few hours so that he could “answer to justice.”
Last weekend brothers Andres Felipe and Ramon Emilio Perez Hoyos were captured in Colombia, designated by the prosecution to pay the group that planned the crime and carried it out. Both pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and illegal arms trafficking. According to the procedural thesis Chacón would be a partner of one of the Zúñiga brothers and would accompany them in the planning.
Colombia sentenced the perpetrators of the crime to 23 years and six months in prison in June last year. Judicial officials concluded that Pecchi and his wife were followed to the hotel by Marisol Londoña Bedoya and their son, Cristian Camilo Monsalve Londoña. On the day of the murder, he informed Vander Still Scott Carrillo of the exact location of the prosecutor, who arrived on a jet ski and shot him.
Iverson Adrián Arrieta Zabaleta, who had transported the hitman during his escape, was also sentenced after throwing the weapon into the ocean for trying to hide evidence.
The officers are still on the hunt for the mastermind.
In an interrogation released by the prosecutor’s office, Monsalve assured that the Pérez Hoyos brothers received orders from Paraguay to kill Pequi because “the prosecutor did it against his boss and put the brother in prison for four years”. . The prosecutor was following his goods and drug trafficking, the brothers Ramón and Andrés told me themselves.” However, he did not reveal his name.