- The Attorney General’s Office, in joint work with the CTI and the National Police, obtained material and technical evidence to make progress in the clarification of the crime.
- The Attorney General announced a second investigative phase within the international scope in order to find the perpetrators and those people involved in the murder.
In Cartagena (Bolívar), the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, and the director of the National Police, General Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, presented detailed information about the investigation that made it possible to identify, arrest and prosecute five people who would be involved in the planning and commission of the murder of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Daniel Pecci Albertini, which occurred on May 10.
The team that was appointed by the Attorney General was made up of three special prosecutors and judicial police officers, experts and analysts from CTI and the National Police that launched a methodological plan and drew a timeline from five days before the crime to 24 hours after the crime to detail each of the activities and movements that would be related to the murder.
Plenty of material and technical evidence made it possible to detect several occasions and places in which the accused people were close to the victim. Likewise, it provides information about their possible roles.
“We examined 20 places, pieces of evidence, 200; location and collection of security cameras, 120; analysis of videos, 2,500; analysis of technical information from antennas 40; interceptions, 67; interviews, 27; photographic recognition, 14; analysis of social networks, 10, (…) and investigative activities, more than 3,000” detailed the Attorney General Barbosa Delgado.
In this sense, the group of prosecutors charged the five defendants with aggravated homicide and aggravated trafficking, manufacture or possession of firearms.
People under investigation: Francisco Luis Correa Galeano, the coordinator, and financier; the Venezuelan citizen Wendre Still Scott Carrillo, who would have shot the Paraguayan prosecutor; Eiverson Adrián Arrieta Zabaleta, allegedly in charge of transport and logistics; Marisol Londoño Bedoya and her son Cristian Camilo Monsalve Londoño, allegedly involved in tracking the movements of prosecutor Pecci.
Due to the conclusive evidence presented by the Prosecutor’s Office, four of the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges while Mr. Correa Galeano did not plead guilty. The judge imposed a prison sentence to the defendants.
With this first process, the Prosecutor’s Office and the National Police´s efforts are now concentrated on a second investigative phase within the international scope.
“The work with the Prosecutor’s Office in Paraguay is very important. We are going to work together as a team, in which the National Police and the Attorney General’s Office will also verify what was happening in Paraguay, in some of those files, and verify what is happening in that investigation and corroborate information”, stated the Attorney General
The Crime of Prosecutor Pecci
The investigation established that the five people live in Medellín (Antioquia). Apparently, on May 5 they met in commercial premises in Plaza Minorista José María Villa and created a criminal plan. The next day they moved to the Atlantic Coast by land and air.
Marisol Londoño Bedoya and Cristian Camilo Monsalve Londoño stayed in a hotel downtown Cartagena; while Wendre Still Scott Carrillo and Eiverson Adrián Arrieta Zabaleta stayed in El Laguito sector. The mentioned financier remained at another point to coordinate the illegal action.
On May 9, mother and son moved to the hotel where prosecutor Marcelo Pecci and his wife were staying in Isla Barú. They paid for a three-day plan and they allegedly began to track victims´ movements. Since then, there is a record of 36 calls between the woman and Francisco Luis Correa Galeano.
On the day of the murder, the alleged assassin, together with another man, went to Playa Blanca, in front of Isla Barú. Eiverson Adrián Arrieta Zabaleta was in charge of the transport in a private vehicle that he rented for COP 170,000. Here they paid for a jet ski and waited for Londoño Bedoya and her son to give indications with the movement of their arms in order to approach the private beach where they were resting.
With these indications, the alleged murderer arrived at the exact place where prosecutor Marcelo Daniel Pecci Albertini was staying and shot him three times. Later, he returned to Playa Blanca on the jet ski and, on the way, he threw the weapon and the magazine into the sea. The latter was recovered by a tourist.
The videos from the security cameras, the testimonies and the technical evidence made it possible to detect the people who were at the scene of the facts, as well as to know the possible level of participation and the escape route they used to leave Cartagena and return to Medellin.
“It is important to announce that according to intelligence information, this crime was paid or negotiated for more than two billion pesos (more than US$500,000) in which resources were distributed among several people” concluded Attorney General Barbosa Delgado.
When we speak, results follow.
The information contained in this press release corresponds to the narration of the objective news provided by the officials in charge of carrying out the criminal investigations within the Office of the Attorney General. By the time this communication is disclosed, the legal status of the people mentioned is still pending to be resolved by the competent judicial authority, always under the presumption of innocence contemplated by Article 29 of the Political Constitution and Article 7 of Law 906 of 2004.