Paraguayan prosecutor is killed in Colombia; evidence points to organized crime

Marcelo Pecci, executado enquanto passava lua de mel no Caribe, havia se especializado no combate ao crime organizado, narcotráfico, lavagem de dinheiro e financiamento do terrorismo no Paraguai

Marcelo Pecci, executed while on his honeymoon in the Caribbean, had specialized in combating organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and the financing of terrorism in the Paraguay| Photo: EFE/Noelia F. Aceituno

The murder this Tuesday (1280 ) in Colombia by the Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who was on his honeymoon on the Caribbean island of Barú, seems to point to the participation of organized crime and will be investigated by several countries.

The crime took place in the morning on the island, which is about 40 minutes by boat from the tourist city of Cartagena de Indias, where Pecci, from 45 years old, he was on his honeymoon with his wife, the Paraguayan journalist Claudia Aguilera, whom he had married on the last day 30 of April in Assunção.

“Two men arrived in a boat, approached and shot in it,” Pecci’s wife told W Radio, adding that the prosecutor died after being shot several times on the private beach at the Decameron Hotel, one of the most popular in the region. coastal area of ​​Cartagena and where the newlyweds were staying.

Pecci was attorney specialized in combating organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and the financing of terrorism in Paraguay, according to the Colombian Public Ministry, which has already sent to Cartagena “a team of prosecutors and specialists in criminalistics to take over investigative activities and clarify the what happened”.

While there is no official information about the investigation, the The Colombian press points out that it was an attack by gunmen, since there was no robbery, and the Colombian police sent five of their best homicide investigators to connect the dots about the incident, in addition to requesting the collaboration of Paraguay and the United States. .

The couple even shared this morning on their social networks that they were expecting a baby, in addition to having published several honeymoon photos on this paradise island in the Caribbean.

According to Aguilera , her husband had not received any threats, despite being one of the best known prosecutors in the country, charged with investigating drug, money laundering and organized crime cases.

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At the Paraguayan Public Ministry, Pecci participated in the investigation into a shooting that took place in his country during the Ja’umina festival, in January, in which two people died, including the model and influencer Cristina “Vita” Aranda, wife of football player Iván Torres.

Some hypotheses of these events, which left four injured, also point to an attack by gunmen due to a possible settling of accounts of drug trafficking.

Likewise, he was part of the Public Prosecutor’s Office team that intervened in 2022 in the lawsuit against Ronaldinho Gaúcho and his brother Roberto de Assis Moreira, for tampering with documents when entering Paraguay with false passports.

Pecci was also responsible for investigations into the murder of four people, including the daughter of the governor of the Paraguayan department of Amambay, Roland Acevedo, which took place in October of last year.

The President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, condemned “the cowardly murder” of the prosecutor and was emphatic in his position of fighting “against organized crime”, which supports the hypothesis of an intent behind the murder.

In later statements to journalists, the Paraguayan president promised to continue “in the fight against organized crime” and described what happened as “very painful, very difficult”.

In turn, the president Colombian, Iván Duque, contacted Abdo Be nítez “to contribute to the investigation of this fact and capture those responsible”, according to the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

The director of the Colombian police, General Jorge Luis Vargas, traveled to Cartagena to supervise the investigation of the crime and assured that they had talked “with the authorities of the United States so that they also join the team organized in Colombia and the Paraguay to bring those responsible to justice as quickly as possible.”

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