Ecuador: Prosecutor investigating femicide murdered in front of building where he worked

Investigating Prosecutor Femicide He was killed this Monday by gunmen in front of the headquarters of the prosecutor’s office in the port of Guayaquil in Ecuador, the judicial authority reported.

Edgar Escobar, which was part of the unit in charge Hate Crimes and Women Because of his gender, he was shot “this morning” outside the building where he worked, the prosecutor’s office said on Twitter.

According to the agency, two of the alleged attackers have already been detained on a populated hill in Guayaquil. crime wave Prison massacres between rival gangs have also affected the port’s jails, with hundreds killed, linked to drug trafficking.

“In police action, a motorcycle and the weapon with which they may have shot the victim have been seized,” the prosecutor’s office added.

Prosecutor Escobar’s murder still shakes the country in shock invisible A week before lawyer Maria Belen Bernal at Quito’s police station.

The woman entered the High School of Police (ESP) to visit her husband, Lt. German Caceres, and has not been traced since.

Looking at the doubt that there may be a Femicide, the lieutenant gave a judicial statement, after which he is a fugitive. The government fired Cáceres and removed the head of the officer training school from his post.

Ecuador reported high rates of Gender violence. According to the prosecutor’s office, at least 573 murders of women have been classified as femicide since 2014.

206 have been reported so far in 2022 Killings of womenAccording to Geraldine Guerra, from Fundaci├│n Aldea, which maps femicides in the country.

Two prosecutors and a judge killed

Amidst alarm over attacks on women in EcuadorThe Escobar’s murder It also highlights the violence against the judiciary.

Since last May, three officials have been killed: in addition to Escobar, a judge in the Amazon town of Lago Agrio (northeast Ecuador, near the border with Colombia) and a transit prosecutor in the fishing port of Manta (southwest). All three were shot dead.

Along with drug trafficking, crime has soared in the country, with 18 million inhabitants and the world’s largest producer of cocaine, located between Colombia and Peru.

The rate was 14 murders per 100,000 people in 2021, nearly double the 2020 rate.

Bloody clashes between drug-trafficking inmates have killed nearly 400 people since February 2021, with seven massacres since then, some of the worst. Latin America.

This Ecuadorian authorities They have seized an annual record of 210 tonnes of drugs in 2021 and around 150 tonnes so far this year.


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