One of Paraguay's most important prosecutors sentenced: "Pecci's crime is a message: they can get to where we are"

One of Paraguay’s most important prosecutors sentenced: “Pecci’s crime is a message: they can get to where we are”

Marcelo Pecci was murdered on a beach in the Colombian Caribbean

“The Pecci case is a message for people who fight against organized crime; It’s a serious message against us: that wherever we are, it doesn’t matter if they don’t know us, they can happen,” said Infobae Irma Llano Pereiradeputy prosecutor of the specialized unit for computer crimes of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Paraguay.

“It shows that organized crime has tentacles throughout the region and we cannot let our guard down“, he added.

The Anti-Mafia Prosecutor Marcelo Pucci, one of the most respected in Paraguay, was shot on May 10 on an island in Colombia, where he had traveled with his wife for their honeymoon. A week after, the mayor of the city of Pedro Juan Caballero, José Carlos Acevedo, was attacked by unidentified people in a car. He remains in critical condition after being shot seven times.

Pecci has become the symbol of the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking in Paraguay. He had investigated the Brazilian-based criminal groups Primeiro Comando Capital (PCC) and Comando Vermelho (CV), as well as Lebanese money launderers on the Triple Border with Brazil and Argentina. He was also in charge of high-profile cases, such as the 2005 kidnapping and murder of Cecilia Cubas, daughter of former Paraguayan President Raúl Cubasand the 2020 lawsuit of the retired Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinhoarrested in Asunción for falsifying a Paraguayan passport.

Acevedo is a member of the Authentic Radical Liberal Party, PLRA. An administration official, in statements to the newspaper ABC, He pointed out that Acevedo leads a frontal fight against drug trafficking in Pedro Juan Caballero, dominated by the First Command of the Capital, the largest Brazilian criminal group.

Paraguayan prosecutor Irma Llano Pereira
Paraguayan prosecutor Irma Llano Pereira

when he spoke with Infobae, Irma Llano Pereira was returning from several meetings in Washington, United States. He prefers to keep the meetings he has attended and the people he has met secret, but agrees to talk about them his dialogue with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagrowith whom he met “ask for cooperation to strengthen the Public Ministry of Paraguay, to be on an equal footing with criminals, who are always one step ahead”.

For his part, the diplomat supported the cause of the prosecutor on Twitter: “We reiterate our commitment to support the public prosecutor’s office in its investigations against organized crime and drug trafficking”, he wrote in a post that it accompanies a photo of him. meeting with the prosecutor.

“We need to work transnationally to strengthen 24/7 contacts”the prosecutor said Infobae. “Because with these cases it is shown that all over the world prosecutors can be monitored.

And it was energetic: “It cannot go unpunished. To attack Pecci is to attack us all. I am not afraid. Maybe I was afraid of my own investigations, but after fear comes courage. And courage allows us to be stronger and firmer in our fights”.

The OAS repudiated the assassination of the Paraguayan prosecutor and demanded “a quick survey”.

“His murder is a painful reminder one of the great threats to the Americas that has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years: the violence of organized crime trying to impose itself on the rule of lawsaid Almagro. “To fight organized crime, we need more democracy and better institutions, strong institutions that guarantee the rule of law”, the organization said unanimously.

the pecci affair

Anti-Mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, one of Paraguay's most respected (EFE/Noelia F. Aceituno)
Anti-Mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, one of Paraguay’s most respected (EFE/Noelia F. Aceituno)

The homicide occurred last Tuesday, May 10, at 10:45 a.m., when the prosecutor was with his new wife on Barú beach, near the Decameron hotel, in Cartagena. Pecci died in hospital after being shot by two people. who came by jet ski.

For the Colombian National Police, transnational organized crime system may be behind Pecci’s murder. “The crime was an assassination against justice committed by a transnational organized crime system with a high planning and investment of resources to carry out this act”, General Jorge Luis Vargas, director general of Colombia’s national police, told local media. The first hypothesis of the authorities indicates that the fact would be linked to the investigations carried out by the prosecution against international terrorism.

“The alleged perpetrator, who appears in the spoken portrait and poster image, has a Caribbean accent, dark complexion, and is 1.74 meters tall,” read Vargas’ statement about the incident. one of the suspects, who, as explained by the commander of the Paraguayan police, Gilberto Fleitas, “It is presumed that among the causes he was carrying out, a foreigner with a significant conviction in the country could be the cause of the crime, but that in time we will only clarify.”

In a video, which is already in the hands of the authorities, we see the alleged assassins negotiating the rental of the jet ski which they will use a few moments later to flee the scene of the murder. Security camera footage from the scene shows the face of one of the men. Wearing a hat and dark glasses to cover his face, he appears in the recording performing the transaction.

The Vice-President of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, traveled to Asunción to prosecutor’s crime investigations ‘fairly advanced’and that “it continues to work in coordination with investigative authorities in the United States and other countries.”

The Acevedo case

Joseph Carlos Acevedo
Joseph Carlos Acevedo

Acevedo He remains in critical condition and admitted to a private clinic. The community leader received seven strokes -four of them touched his neck- and he was rushed to the health center live wellwhere doctors managed to revive him after he suffered cardiopulmonary arrest.

The mayor was leaving a city council meeting at 4:30 p.m. attended by several councilors and was in his Mercedes Benz truck when he was attacked by three armed men with a flurry of gunfire, according to local media.

Fleitas pointed out Monumental Radio 1080 AM that “there are very important advances” from investigators on the attack. Investigators are said to be following the path of the weapon that was allegedly used to attack Acevedo.

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