Team of Paraguayan prosecutors formed to investigate the murder of Marcelo Pecci in Colombia

Archive image of prosecutor Marcelo Pecci speaking to the media upon arrival for an interview with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez at the presidential residence in Asunción, Paraguay.  August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno/File
Archive image of prosecutor Marcelo Pecci speaking to the media upon arrival for an interview with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez at the presidential residence in Asunción, Paraguay. August 11, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno/File

Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was assassinated on Tuesday, May 10, on a beach in Barú (Cartagena) in Colombia. The official was on his honeymoon with his wife, Claudia Aguilera, with whom he married last April 30. A few hours before the crime, Aguilera had announced that she is pregnant.

After the news of this homicide, the Paraguayan authorities began to take measures to clarify the fact in which the 45-year-old prosecutor who was investigating gangs dedicated to drug trafficking and money laundering lost his life. One of the first to refer to this murder was Sandra Quiñónez, attorney general of Paraguay, at first she said that she asked Pecci why she chose Colombia for her honeymoon. He replied that he was attracted by the “new route” of the Caribbean and that he felt very safe.

The Paraguayan prosecutor mentioned that Pecci’s murder represents a moment of great pain for the Public Ministry and the entire Republic of Paraguay. “He was an agent committed to his work and the country. He was convinced that things could change. He did not back down when he started a cause ”Quiñónez stressed in an interview with the 1080 AM radio station in Asunción.

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For his part, the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, who was just two weeks ago in Cartagena, described the murder as cowardly and pointed out that the fact “mourns the Paraguayan nation”. Benítez condemned this tragic event and affirmed that his country will redouble his commitment in the fight against organized crime in Paraguay and in the region.

On the other hand, the prosecutor for International Affairs of Paraguay, Manuel Doldán, specified that a team of three prosecutors has been formed to investigate the attack in which his colleague died. Doldán explained that the prosecutors who will accompany him in this case will be Lorenzo Lezcano and Federico Delfino.

Before traveling to Colombia, Doldán said that the people who attacked Pecci crossed a line that is not usual. “It is the first time in the history of the Paraguayan judicial system that the murder of a prosecutor has occurred in these circumstances.”, he pointed out.

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Finally, he stated that from the first moment the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, as well as the Army and the National Police, have provided all the necessary help to reach those responsible for the homicide. “Local authorities are doing preliminary investigations,” he pointed.

Another of the actions carried out by the Government of Paraguay to clarify the murder of Pecci, is to give free rein to the Paraguayan ambassador to Colombia, Sophia López Garelli, to gather details of what happened in the crime of the prosecutor and make contact with the wife of the victim. In addition, according to the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry, Consul Romy Romero “is currently traveling to the city of Cartagena to closely monitor the case.”

Marcelo Pecci was one of the prosecutors in charge of the anti-narcotics operation “A Ultranza PY”, the largest carried out in Paraguayan territory and which resulted in losses of more than 250 million dollars to drug traffickers who exported tons of cocaine “made in Colombia” to Europe from Paraguay.

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