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Colombia arrests two more in Paraguayan prosecutor’s murder

Agents of the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) and the Judicial Investigation Directorate (DIJIN) pose for a photo with brothers Andres Felipe and Ramen Emilio Perez Hoyos, after their capture in Rio Negro, Colombia, Jan 15, 2023. (COLOMBIAN ATTORNEY / HANDOUT / REUTERS)

BOGOTA – Two more people suspected of participating in the May murder of a Paraguayan prosecutor have been arrested, the Colombian prosecutor's office said on Sunday.

Prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, 45, known for fighting organized crime, was shot dead on the island of Baru near the Caribbean city of Cartagena while honeymooning with his wife.

In the latest arrests, brothers Andres Perez and Ramon Perez are accused of arranging the logistics behind the murder, including hiring hitmen, who they planned to pay large sums of money, the prosecutor's office said in a statement

Four people have already been jailed in Colombia for their involvement in his killing, and a man in Venezuela was arrested in December.

In the latest arrests, brothers Andres Perez and Ramon Perez are accused of arranging the logistics behind the murder, including hiring hitmen, who they planned to pay large sums of money, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

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Attorneys for the Perez brothers could not be reached for comment.

"These two people, it appears, were the ones who were in charge of the logistics, which made the criminal act possible," Colombian Attorney General Francisco Barbosa told reporters.

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Officials seized documents, clothing and a car that had been used during the planning of the murder, the prosecutor's office added in a statement.