Crime & Justice

Paraguay anti-crime prosecutor killed while on honeymoon in Colombia

Bogota, May 10 (EFE).- A Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor was killed on Tuesday while honeymooning on an island near the Colombian tourist city of Cartagena, a homicide that appears to be the work of organized crime and will be investigated by several countries.

Marcelo Pecci, 45, was killed on Baru Island, located about 40 minutes by boat from Cartagena. He was on his honeymoon there with his wife, Paraguayan journalist Claudia Aguilera.

“Two men arrived on a boat, approached and fired at him,” she told W Radio about the attack that occurred at the private beach of Hotel Decameron, where the couple were staying.

Pecci was a prosecutor who specialized in organized crime, drug-trafficking, money laundering and terrorism-financing cases, said Colombia’s Attorney General’s Office, which has sent a team of prosecutors and forensic experts to the crime scene.

Local media says all signs point to a mob hit since no money was stolen.

The couple said Tuesday morning on social media that they were expecting a baby and also uploaded several photos showing them enjoying their honeymoon on Baru.

Aguilera said her husband had not received any death threats despite being a high-profile prosecutor tasked with investigating drug, money-laundering and organized crime cases.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez on Tuesday denounced the killing as a “cowardly murder,” saying the entire country was in mourning and vowing to continue the fight against organized crime. EFE


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