Paraguay: Acquittal of suspect in killing of Brazilian journalist Leo Veras revoked

  • Source: Abraji
  • March 28, 2023

"The Justice of Paraguay annulled the acquittal of the main suspect in the murder of [Brazilian] journalist Leo Veras on Friday [March 24] and, consequently, ordered a new trial. Waldemar Pereira Rivas, known as Cachorrão, was declared innocent on November 2022, considering that there was insufficient evidence to convict him of the crime. The appeal was filed by lawyer Andrés Arriola, from the Specialized Unit for Organized Crime, who criticized the conduct of two members of the Court in resolving the case.

Rivas was charged with intentional homicide and criminal association. He lived a few blocks from Veras' house and even owned a white Jeep Renegade, which would have been used to transport the three men who were at the journalist's house the night of his execution. According to the information, Cachorrão is also part of a drug gang that operates on the border between Brazil and Paraguay.

Veras was assassinated on Feb. 12, 2020, with 12 shots, while having dinner in his living room with his family. The journalist was the owner of the Noticias Porã portal, which reported on drug trafficking on the border."

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