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Accused of killing Paraguayan prosecutor sentenced

Wendre Carrillo, um dos acusados da morte de Marcelo Pecci, é levado pela polícia colombiana até Bogotá após sua prisão, em 8 de junho.
Wendre Carrillo, one of the accused in the death of Marcelo Pecci, is taken by Colombian police to Bogotá after his arrest on June 8.| Photo: Carlos Ortega/EFE

A Colombian court sentenced on Friday to more than 23 four years in prison out of five arrested and accused of being the material authors of the murder of Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci. The sentence, which initially was of 10 years, was halved after the accused accepted the accusations. A judge in the city of Cartagena de Indias classified the charges of murder and illegal possession of weapons to Wendret Carrillo, Eiverson Zabaleta, Marisol Londoño and Cristian Camilo Monsalve Londoño, while Francisco Luis Correa, who the prosecution considers to be the mastermind of the crime, declared himself innocent.

The Colombian government announced on June 6 the arrest of these five suspects in the murder of Pecci, one of Paraguay’s best-known prosecutors against organized crime. He was killed in May, by assassins on a watercraft, when was on a beach on the island of Baru, near Cartagena, to celebrate their honeymoon. According to information from the Paraguayan police, cited by the Colombian police director, General Jorge Luis Vargas, there had already been a negotiation by the Brazilian criminal group Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) “for this murder to be committed in Paraguay”, but, as it was not able to be consummated, it was decided that “it would be carried out anywhere in the world.”

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