- Middle Nation Investigation Unit
It all started last Tuesday when the prison authorities allowed the coffin of the dejected commander of the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP), Osvaldo Villalba, to enter the Buen Pastor Women’s Penitentiary. A week later, the former coordinator of Women’s Penitentiary Establishments Ana Dina Coronel uncovered the pot and revealed that she and the former director of the women’s prison Marian Vázquez managed everything so that Carmen Villalba says goodbye to her brother by order of the former Minister of Justice Édgar Taboada, which was channeled by the current head of this portfolio.
In addition, he revealed that all prison authorities such as the general director of Penal Institutes Julio Balbuena and the current head of the portfolio Daniel Benítez Romero were aware of the situation.
Let us remember that La Nación Investigates exposed the invoice for the transfer service of the terrorist’s drawer from the cemetery of La Recoleta to the Buen Pastor, and which came out in the name of the former director of the prison. Nación Media also gave details of the chats where it was evident that the same Taboada allegedly agreed to pay for the hearsefrom which the Ministry of Justice later disregarded.
In the midst of the explosive press conference, Ana Dina Coronel gave details about sensitive information that refers to the alleged death of former Vice President Óscar Denis, whose lifeless body would be buried in the Mbocaja’i indigenous colony, in Amambay. He assured and confirmed by showing the conversations that this information was reported to his superior at the time (May of this year), Edgar Olmedoformer Minister of Justice and current representative of the Executive before the Council of the Judiciary, who will have interference in the election of magistrates and prosecutors, and the next Attorney General of the State.
According to the messages via Whatsapp exposed by the official, another of those who were allegedly informed was Artemio Veraformer director general of Penitentiary Institutes of the Ministry of Justice, who is still closely linked to the management of prisons and is close to Daniel Benitez.
In the chats it is also observed that Colonel tells former Minister of Justice Olmedo that a woman deprived of liberty approached him with information on the alleged whereabouts of the former vice president and the horqueteño rancher Félix Urbieta. However, Olmedo refused to send the reports to the Public Ministry, the Ministry of the Interior, the Anti-Kidnapping Police or the Internal Defense Operations Command (CODI), to whom the Joint Task Force (FTC) reports.
Denis was kidnapped by the EPP on September 9, 2020 from his Tranquerita ranch, located in Yby Yaú, while Urbieta was taken by members of the Army of Mariscal López (EML) from his San Francisco ranch, in Belén Cué, on September 12. October 2016.
The strong statements of Ana Dina Coronel exposed the irresponsible handling of sensitive information about kidnapped persons, which also pressured the Government to fall into a series of contradictions. First, because The Minister of the Interior, Federico González, said in the morning hours of Monday that he spoke with Édgar Olmedo and that he denied having received information on the location of Denis, then he recanted.
For yesterday afternoon, the authorities called a press conference at the National Defense Council (Codena), where González was the main spokesperson, and pointed out that Olmedo later acknowledged that he received sensitive information from the Justice official, but that in the morning he had allegedly forgotten that he had been informed about the possible location of a kidnapped former vice president.
Excusing Olmedo, González pointed out that the former Minister of Justice avoided reporting details to the researchers because in the assessment he made did not seem relevantsince the former coordinator of Women’s Penitentiary Establishments did not give the name of the source.
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Nevertheless, the anti-kidnapping prosecutor Federico Delfino was quite precise when mentioning that the analysts of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Anti-kidnapping Police are the ones who should analyze to distort or not an intelligence data like the one indicated. In addition, after the statements taken from the official Colonel, the agent of the Public Ministry confirmed the credibility of the data provided and that Olmedo rejected.