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Investigation for Villavicencio case to conclude this Saturday

Quito, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Investigations into the murder of Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio will conclude this Saturday, local media reported today.

From that date on, the Attorney General’s Office (FGE) must request that a date and time be set for the preparatory and evaluative trial hearing, in which it will present its accusation and the judge in the case will decide if the defendants will go to trial.

This Tuesday, the judicial institution ordered 25 people, who participate in the investigation, to hand in their cell phones, in order to explore the available information.

The list includes Christian Zurita, who replaced him as candidate to the head of the Executive for the Construye movement, and the former Minister of the Interior and elected Assemblyman, Patricio Carrillo.

Meanwhile, 13 other people are being investigated as alleged perpetrators of the murder, although so far there is no trace of the masterminds.

Last September 28, the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced that up to five million dollars would be offered to the citizen who provides information leading to the arrest or conviction of the persons responsible for Villavicencio’s murder.

The action was part of the Transnational Organized Crime Reward Program (Tocrp), which the United States has had in place since 2013.

Incidentally, the commander of the Ecuadorian Police, Fausto Salinas, revealed that in the coming days, President Guillermo Lasso will officially present the Reward Plan of the Andean country.

Salinas explained that Villavicencio’s assassination will be the first case. Villavicencio was shot dead last August 9 in Quito when he was leaving a campaign rally.

The hitman who shot him died that same day shortly after the events due to the bullet impacts he received from the politician’s security team.

The Citizen Revolution Movement (RC) asked the Attorney General’s Office for speed and transparency to solve the case and announced that its legislative bench will propose the creation of a commission to supervise the investigation of the crime.


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