The Colombian Police has assured this Tuesday that they have information indicating that the intellectual authors of the crime of the Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, murdered in May during a trip to Cartagena de Indias, are “in another country”, while five of the material authors are in pretrial detention.
“We have elements of information for which the determiners of this crime could be in another country,” the director of the Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, said at a press conference, adding that they are already working in Paraguay to collect more information to “be able to reach determiners anywhere in the world”.
This Monday, the hearing for the imputation of charges against five detainees for the crime, who were accused of various crimes, including aggravated homicide in competition and illegal possession and possession, was held behind closed doors in the bunker of the Cartagena de Indias Prosecutor’s Office. of weapons.
Four of the five detainees have accepted the charges, while Francisco Luis Correa Galeano, the alleged leader of the plan, has not, as the attorney general, Francisco Barbosa, has stressed.
In addition, the Police have announced that they are looking for an alleged additional perpetrator, Gabriel Carlos Luis Salinas Mendoza, for whom they have issued a blue Interpol circular because he could have left the country, probably to Venezuela, where he is from.
The information handled by the Police and the Prosecutor’s Office is that these accused persons had already met five days before the crime, on May 5, in Medellín “to structure the crime plan,” in the words of Barbosa, and, from there, They left by different routes to Cartagena.
Marcelo Pecci, one of the most important anti-mafia prosecutors in Paraguay, was assassinated on May 10 by gunmen on jet skis when he was on a hotel beach on the island of Barú, near Cartagena, celebrating his honeymoon.
However, according to information from the Paraguayan police, cited by Vargas, there was already a negotiation, by the Brazilian criminal group Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC), “for this homicide to be committed in Paraguay,” but since it could not be consummated, it was determined that “it was carried out in any part of the world”.
Barbosa has also assured that the fact that Pecci and his wife, the journalist Claudia Aguilera, published details of their trip on social networks helped the “criminals” to follow up and locate him.
“The criminals stated that on many occasions they were lost, but thanks to social networks they were able to locate and monitor prosecutor Marcelo Pecci,” stressed Barbosa, who added that “publishing on social networks without responsibility can become a lethal weapon.” “.
“Life cannot be reduced to publishing everything that one does all day; one has to be aware of the preservation of one’s own life,” warned the prosecutor.
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