Paraguayan drug prosecutor killed on honeymoon in Colombia

Five Colombian investigators have been sent to Barrow Island “Where the murder was committed” To carry out investigations with the support of Paraguay and the United States, announced to the press at the beginning of this afternoon the head of the Colombian police, General Jorge Luis Vargas.

He did not specify the date or circumstances of the assassination, which was committed while the Public Prosecutor spent his honeymoon on this tourist island.

Mr. Beachy, 45, married Colombian journalist, Claudia Aguilera, on April 30 in Cartagena, posting photos of her wedding on her Twitter account.

“yes he died”his wife confirmed, in a short interview with Colombian radio.

The murder took place on the private beach of a local luxury hotel, the Decameron Hotel, among tourists and in front of the clear blue waters of the Caribbean Sea.

“Two men (from the sea) arrived on a boat, approached and opened fire before fleeing”I explained. “One of the guards wanted to intervene, so they shot him too.”

Prosecutor Pecci no ‘No threats have been received’Simply added.

In a press release, the hotel complex in which the couple was staying provided further details, stating that “the killers arrived on a jet ski on the beach in front of the hotel.”

In the last photo posted before the tragedy on the young woman’s Instagram account, the couple was embracing on the beach, with a pair of small socks in front, indicating that the newlyweds were expecting a child.

“Model Mafia”

According to Paraguay’s ambassador to Colombia, Sofia Lopez, “the transfer” From the corpse of Prosecutor Bechi to his country “It won’t happen right away.”for investigation necessities.

On Tuesday in Colombia, the president of Paraguay who specializes in the fight against drug trafficking, Marcelo Picci, was assassinated during a press conference on May 9, 2021 in Asuncion. Agence France-Presse / Archives / Daniel Duarte.

The prosecutor was on a trip “Spread” The diplomat, speaking in Colombian media, said he did not have a business meeting planned during his stay.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Colombian police released a photo of one of the alleged killers, wearing black Bermuda shorts with his head covered in a beige Panama hat.

Colombian Police Director General Jorge Luis Vargas said at a press conference that the US Drug Enforcement Agency, Colombian and Paraguayan authorities are working together to“Get as much information as possible” on this crime.

Police announced a reward of $488,000 for information leading to the arrest of the killers.

On Twitter, Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez condemned “The Cowardly Assassination of Prosecutor Marcello Pecci in Colombia” World Health Organization “Sorrow for the whole Paraguayan people”.

“We condemn this tragic act in the strongest terms and redouble our commitment to combating organized crime.”The president reassured.

“The way they (the killers) behaved, the way they were executed, is characteristic of the mafia. I don’t see any other explanation (…)”said the president of the Paraguayan Association of Prosecutors, Augusto Salas.

Paraguay’s attorney general Sarah Quiñones prays at the entrance to her office in Asuncion after the assassination of drug attorney general Marcelo Picci in Colombia on May 10, 2022 Agence France-Presse / Norberto Duarte.

Speaking to a Colombian radio station, Paraguay’s attorney general, Sandra Quiñones, noted that her murdered colleague had received “important convictions” in “eleven years of struggle against drug trafficking and transnational crime.”

“He just wanted to enjoy his honeymoon in privacy, which is why he didn’t have safety” around him. “He was a great friend (…) who told me that his wife was expecting a child”Mrs. Quinones confirmed.

Colombian General Jorge Luis Vargas said that a “police commission” from Paraguay will travel to Colombia to participate in the Colombian investigation.

Colombian President Ivan Duque also condemned the assassination via his Twitter account and confirmed that he is in contact with his Paraguayan counterpart to ensure “All cooperation (necessary) to find those responsible.”.

Mr. Beachy was an attorney general specializing in organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and terrorist financing.

He was known for his involvement in the investigation that led to the placement of the footballer Ronaldinho behind bars between March and August 2020 for entering Paraguay with false documents.

Paraguay and Colombia have strengthened their cooperation against international organized crime in recent years. Despite decades of fighting cartels and drug dealers, Colombia remains the world’s leading producer and exporter of cocaine.

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