Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Paraguay: murdered prosecutor buried in Colombia

ASUNCIÓN ( Associated Press) — Hundreds of people, including former colleagues in the Public Ministry, his widow and relatives fired Paraguayan anti-drug prosecutor Marcelo Pecci on Sunday, murdered in Colombia this week in a case that shocked the South American country.

Paraguay declared three days of official mourning and its president, Mario Abdo, condemning the crime on May 10, promised on social media to “redouble” the fight against organized crime.

Prior to Pecci’s burial in a cemetery in Asunción, several hundred people came to bid him farewell during the wake at the Colegio San José Church, where the prosecutor studied in his childhood.

Grief and shock were felt in the streets of Asunción and in other areas of the country during the day. The prosecutor’s father, Francisco Pecci, highlighted his son’s career and work motivation in an emotional speech before he was buried.

The mortal remains of the prosecutor specializing in organized crime, who was 45 years old, were repatriated to Paraguay at dawn on Saturday. His crime occurred on Tuesday when armed men from a jet ski shot him while he was enjoying his honeymoon with his wife, journalist Claudia Aguilera, on a beach in the Colombian Caribbean. Aguilera was uninjured.

The murder is being investigated by the authorities of Colombia, Paraguay and the United States. The main hypothesis suggests that behind the crime there would be international organized crime networks with tentacles in the South American nation.

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