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Argentine lawyer Laura Marcella Cassoso, 54, who defended the Brazilian drug dealer Arbis Yimens Fabao, was shot and killed Monday night in Pedro Juan Caballero, on the Paraguayan border with Brazil. According to the Paraguayan police, death is linked to the war between the Brazilian factions to control movement in the region.
Laura was also in the defense of the merchant Marcelo Fernando Pinheiro and Vega, "Marcelo Piloto", linked to the faction Commando Commando Vermelho and imprisoned in Paraguay since December 2017.
The lawyer was beaten by eight shots and a 9mm pistol when she left the City Hall meeting to answer a phone call, and was ambushed as she prepared to board her Ranger, with a Brazilian license plate from the city of Santana de Franeva.
Laura was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery, but she could not help herself. According to the Secretary of Public Security of Pedro Juan Caballero, Teófilo Giménez, the suspects are that the killers are Brazilian. The crime occurred 400 meters from the border and the gunmen were on top of the Toyota Hilux that was stolen in Brazil.
One hypothesis is that the lawyer was killed by one of her clients. The Red Command has recently released a video that threatens to kill Paraguayan attorney Sandra Coyniz in response to the actions of its leader, Marcelo Filotto, who has been jailed since December last year. Days earlier, the merchant had announced that he had paid to receive protection from Paraguayan national police officials, the director of criminal investigations Alberto Canat, and the commissioner had rejected the charge.
It was the lawyer who organized the press conference in which, from prison, the merchant Mario de Zerro Marcelo Filotto said he had paid the bribe to Paraguayan police officers. Was considered a strategist of the Red Command, responsible for narcotics and arms routes, sentenced to 26 years in prison by Rio de Janeiro and asked for his extradition to Brazil.
The Paraguayan police found a car bomb
At a press conference earlier this month, the Brazilian trader also laid down crimes that were carried out in Paraguay, which would be a strategy not extradition, since he would have to respond to crimes in the Paraguayan justice system. On October 4, with the help of the Brazilian PF, the Paraguayan police arrested five traders who were preparing to rescue the pilot. Weeks later, a second rescue program with the use of car bombs led the prosecution to declare the prisoner "the terrorist."
In turn, Jarvis Pavão is called by the Brazilian police as one of the largest suppliers of cocaine to Brazil. Arrested in Paraguay, he was extradited to Brazil in December 2017 and serves 17 years and 8 months in the Federal Prison of Mussoorie (RN). Laura, the Argentinean lawyer, spoke fluent Portuguese and drove across Brazil.
She also worked to protect the drug dealer Elton Leonel Romira da Silva, 34, who was arrested in March this year in Rio de Janeiro with forged documents.
The area has been highly controversial since 2016
Peacock & Suspected involvement in the attack that killed the megatraffante Jorge Rafaat Toumani, in Pedro Juan Caballero, in June 2016, which caused war on the border. Previously considered an "untouchable", the drug kingpin was hit by 50 bullet-machine gun shots that ripped through his armor and hammer tool.
At least 50 deaths in the past two years have been attributed to the rivalry between the Brazilian factions over border control. On one day, October 17, five people allegedly associated with international trade were shot by Pedro Juan Caballero and Brazilian Punta Brazil. One of the victims, Brazilian pilot Mauro Alberto Pereira Espinola, 58, worked for Rio de Janeiro drug dealer Niru Luis Fernando da Costa, Fernandinho Beira Mar, also imprisoned in Mussoorie prison.