The body of the anti-mafia prosecutor Marcelo Pucciassassinated last Tuesday in an attack in Colombia, was received in his native Paraguay by members of the Government and their loved ones. This Saturday his wake is held with the presence of family, friends and officials of the country.
The commercial plane with the body of the official arrived at 05:00 local time (09:00 GMT) at the Silvio Pettirossi international airport, near Asunción, from Panama.
The aircraft, which was delayed by about an hour, landed amid rain and an intense electrical storm. that hit Paraguayan territory since this morning. According to the state channel Paraguay TV, once at the airfield, a private tribute was paid to the official.
The coffin had left on Friday from Cartagena de Indias, a city near the island of Barú, where last Tuesday Pecci fell under the bullets of unknown assailants who attacked him on a private beach.
The official enjoyed his honeymoon with his wife, the Paraguayan journalist claudia aguilerawith whom he married on April 30.
The hearse with the prosecutor’s coffin left Luque, a town that is home to the country’s main airport, in a large caravan of vehicles heading to a facility of the Public Ministry, in Asunción.
The body was taken to the Asunción Memorial wake room. According to what she stated ABC, It is not ruled out that the coffin will also be transferred to the San José school, where he was a student; Y to the Guarani clubinstitution of which he was a leader.
For the Colombian Police, Pecci’s is an “assassination against Justice committed by a system of transnational organized crime with high planning and investment of resources”.
Pecci was head and delegate of the Specialized Unit in the Fight against Drug Trafficking and delegate of the Specialized Unit against Organized Crime.
The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitezdecreed last Friday night three days of mourning for the death of the respected prosecutor, whose death has shaken Paraguayan society.
The 13 minutes that were enough for the assassins
The Anti-Kidnapping Chief of the Paraguayan National Police, Nimio Cardozoindicated that in less than 13 minutes the assassins prepared the crime, carried it out and fled.
The commissioner, who was in Colombia to collaborate with the investigation, said that he was struck by the precision with which the assassins acted. It is that in that short period of time, the criminals rented the jet ski, went into the sea, killed the official and returned the device.
“I don’t want to be irresponsible but I can’t stop saying that it is timing almost impossible between renting the motorcycle, going through the open sea, murdering Marcelo, retiring and leaving the motoski. It’s 13 minutes”, expressed Cardozo, according to statements collected by the Paraguayan newspaper ABC.
investigations of Pecci against him organized crime and the drug trafficking they would be the cause of the attack in which he lost his life on the Colombian island of Barú, the destination he had chosen for his honeymoon.
Referring to the investigations into the attack, the director of the Colombian Police, General George Louis Vargasindicated that point to the work of the prosecutorwho at the age of 45 had become one of the most important and respected members of the Paraguayan Justice.
“The first great hypothesis that we have is that due to their functions, their cases, what they did in large operations, this assassination took place.”, Vargas indicated at a press conference in the Colombian city of Cartagena de Indias.
“It was an assassination against Justice committed by a system of transnational organized crime with high planning and investment of resources to commit this act”, added the general.
He explained that the suspect in murdering the prosecutor He is a man approximately 1.74 meters tall, with a dark complexion and a Caribbean accent..
The photo of the suspect was released on Tuesday by the Police and in it a man is seen dressed in black and with a hat that partially hides his faceso the authorities asked for the collaboration of citizens to identify him.