The ambassador in Asunción, Marc Ostfield, appeared with the president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, to demand “credible information” that allows the arrest of “the people who conspired” in the crime of the official
Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci was assassinated in Colombia (REUTERS/Jorge Adorno/File)
The United States government announced Thursday a reward of “up to five million dollars” for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those who conspired for the assassination, last May, of the Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, which occurred in Colombian territory.
This was announced at a press conference from the Government Palace in Asunción by the US ambassador to Paraguay, Marc Ostfield, who indicated that this compensation is offered as part of the rewards program against crime transnational organization from his country.
The diplomat made the announcement shortly after being received by the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez.
< p class="paragraph">Ostfield noted that his country has paid out more than $155 million in bounties.
In addition, he explained that the rewards program has allowed, along with others and since its inception in 1986, to bring to Justice “more than 75 transnational criminals and important drug traffickers.”
The diplomat also applauded the “joint efforts” between Colombia and Paraguay “seeking Justice for prosecutor Pecci”.
Francisco Luis Correa Galeano, who according to authorities, he is one of those involved in the murder of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, who is escorted by Colombian police after his capture, in Cartagena, Colombia
Pecci, one of the most important anti-mafia prosecutors in Paraguay, was assassinated by hitmen on a jet ski when he was on the beach of a hotel on the island of Barú, near the city of Cartagena de Indias, where he had traveled. for his honeymoon with his wife, the journalist Claudia Aguilera.
Ostfield added to the “pain of the Paraguayan people” for this incident.
“Marcelo Pecci embodied hard work, perseverance and honesty. Committed to the rule of law, he tirelessly sought to do Justice for Paraguayans,” added the ambassador.
And although he admitted that “all these efforts will not bring Marcelo back to his family” He anticipated that the US will work with its partners in Paraguay and Colombia and promised that they will not stop “until every individual involved in this murder is brought to justice.”
For his part, Abdo Benitez He indicated at the same press conference that organized crime is one of the “greatest threats” facing States and is one of the phenomena that “has best globalized in the world.”
“We cannot turn our backs on the fight against organized crime, against illegality and against transnational crime,” he added.
On August 19, the Colombian Prosecutor's Office accused formally sentenced Francisco Luis Correa Galeano, who was the only one of the five detainees in the investigations into Pecci's murder to plead not guilty.
The Prosecutor's Office considers that Correa is responsible for coordinating the assassination of the anti-mafia prosecutor.
Paraguayan fiscal agent for International Affairs Manuel Doldán has told local media that within the investigations in Colombia identified four people who could lead to those who ordered the crime.
(With information from EFE)