Daily Archives: 11/05/2022

Hong Kong national security police arrest prominent barrister Margaret Ng

11/05/22

Hong Kong national security police have arrested prominent barrister Margaret Ng and Cardinal Joseph Zen, HKFP has learned. Singer-activist Denise Ho has also been arrested, local media report.

The four helped run the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which aided thousands of protesters during the 2019 unrest by providing legal assistance, funds for psychological counselling and medical treatment and emergency relief.

Legal sources told HKFP on Wednesday that Ng and 90-year-old Zen were arrested a day after cultural studies scholar Hui Po-keung was arrested at Hong Kong International Airport.

They stand accused of colluding with foreign forces.

Last September, the police cited potential national security violations and served a court order to the fund, requesting information on its operations and financial transactions. Local media reported at the time that the documents included bank account details, donor information and details of the fund recipients.

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https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220511-hong-kong-defence-fund-trustee-arrested-at-airport-sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Ng

https://www.la-croix.com/Monde/Le-cardinal-Joseph-Zen-arrete-rafle-eclair-Hong-Kong-2022-05-11-1201214609 (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Ng

https://www.prealpina.it/pages/hong-kong-media-arrestato-il-cardinale-joseph-zen-276489.html (ITALIANO)

Paraguayan anti-mafia prosecutor killed on Colombia honeymoon

11/05/22

A high-profile Paraguayan prosecutor who fought against organised crime in his home country has been shot dead during his honeymoon in Colombia.

Marcelo Pecci was on a beach on the idyllic tourist island of Baru when he was killed by two gunmen.

Hours before the shooting, Mr Pecci’s wife had announced on Instagram that she was pregnant.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez described the shooting as a “cowardly murder”.

His wife, journalist Claudia Aguilera, said that they were approached by two men on a private beach before her husband was shot. She said he had not received any threats.

“Two men attacked Marcelo. They came in a small boat, or on a jet ski, the truth is I did not see well,” Ms Aguilera told the El Tiempo newspaper.

One of the assailants got out and “without a word he shot Marcelo twice, one (bullet) hit him in the face and another in the back”, she said.

The Decameron Hotel, where the couple was staying, said in a statement that “assassins arrived on the beach… and attacked and murdered one of our guests”.

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Mr Pecci specialised in organized crime, drug trafficking, money laundering and terror financing.

In 2020 he worked on a case against former Brazilian footballer Ronaldinho, who was arrested trying to enter Paraguay with a fake Paraguayan passport.

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https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-61403318

https://elpais.com/america-colombia/2022-05-10/asesinado-en-colombia-un-fiscal-paraguayo-especializado-en-crimen-organizado.html (ESPANOL)

https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-america-latina-61401244

https://www.lefigaro.fr/international/le-procureur-anti-drogue-du-paraguay-assassine-en-colombie-20220510 (FRANCAIS)