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They assassinate a lawyer investigating a prison massacre in Ecuador (+ videos)

Two people, including a boy, were arrested in the incident.

Edgar Edmundo Escobar Zambrano, the prosecutor of the Guayaquil Division of Persons and Guarantees, who was investigating the massacre that killed 65 people between November 12 and 12, was shot dead this Monday in Ecuador’s Guayas province. , among other criminal cases.

The Ecuadorian prosecutor’s office said the officer was shot dead in Pedro Corbo square in front of the La Merced building in downtown Guayaquil, where Guayas provincial prosecutor Guillermo Lasso has maintained a state of emergency since August 15.

The agency explained that they conducted criminal investigations at the scene of the murder, where officers collected evidence from the incident. Minutes after the murder, police officers apprehended two suspected murderers.

“Once they are placed under the orders of the competent authorities, their legal situation will be resolved. The two prisoners were transferred to the Cuartel Modelo Flagrancia unit and placed under the orders of the judicial authorities,” he added.

“During the police operation, a motorcycle and the weapon used to shoot their victim were seized,” the prosecutor’s office added.

Via Twitter, several videos were also released in which Escobar’s killers were seen fleeing from the police and later captured in one of Guayaquil’s neighborhoods.

One of them will be a 16-year-old and therefore will not be charged under Ecuadorian law, Djalma Blum, a criminal lawyer and friend of lawyer Escobar, explained on Twitter.

Cases investigated by Escobar

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Attorney Blume also pointed out that “there is a presence of criminals” outside the Kuyas attorney’s office and that “nobody is doing anything” that he has denounced for months.

According to local media, in addition to the prison massacre for which two people were prosecuted, prosecutor Escobar handled cases related to drug trafficking and hired killers.

One of the most notorious cases he was in charge of was a 32-year-old man named Jaime Fernando Villacomez Fayed, who was murdered on May 20, 2022, in a restaurant in Samboronton, Guayas. Case continued..

The officer also worked on the April 2013 murder of journalist Fausto Valdivieso, the victim of a gun attack at La Atarazana Castle in Guayaquil.

In 2022, public prosecutor Escobar indicted eight suspected drug traffickers.

In addition, he led various raids conducted in Kuyas on July 20, during which more than 200 packages of drugs were seized.

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