QUITO, Ecuador — A prosecutor investigating a dramatic assault on the set of a public tv channel final week was shot to loss of life Wednesday in Guayaquil, probably the most harmful metropolis in Ecuador.
Prosecutor César Suárez, who had carried out different high-profile investigations up to now, was shot whereas driving a automobile, Lawyer Normal Diana Salazar stated.
“Organized crime teams, criminals, terrorists won’t cease our dedication to society,” she stated in a video broadcast on X, previously Twitter.
13 alleged perpetrators have been arrested within the assault at TC Tv, which was broadcast dwell and led President Daniel Noboa to declare that Ecuador is in an “inner armed battle” amid a surge of killings and different crimes tied to drug trafficking.
Suárez was additionally answerable for the Metastasis case involving an Ecuadorian drug lord who allegedly acquired favorable therapy from judges, prosecutors, cops and excessive officers.
Ecuadorian police stated they have been working to search out these answerable for the homicide of Suárez.
Ecuador has been rocked by a sequence of assaults, together with the abductions of a number of cops, within the wake of a infamous gang chief’s obvious weekend escape from jail.
José Adolfo Macías Villamar, chief of Los Choneros, one of many Ecuadorian gangs thought-about answerable for a spike in automobile bombings, kidnappings and slayings, was found lacking from his jail cell the place he was serving a sentence for drug trafficking.
His disappearance earlier this month led the federal government to declare a state of emergency that concerned sending the navy into prisons, which sparked a wave of at the least 30 assaults across the South American nation, together with the assault on the tv station in Guayaquil.
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