BUENOS AIRES – A legislator from Argentina’s Entre Rios province has provided judicial officials with a copy of a video in which several men discuss murdering him for 100,000 pesos (about $6,700).
Alejandro Bahler, a member of the Frente Renovador, told reporters that someone slipped the video under the door of his house in an envelope.
“It’s really shocking to see and hear a group of people planning to kill you. Hearing that my death was worth 100,000 pesos and seeing who was involved, that they are provincial officials,” the lawmaker told the official Telam news agency.
The video, which has been posted on different media outlets and Web sites, shows several individuals, including an Entre Rios official who is under arrest, plotting to kill Bahler.
The Entre Rios official, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case, was part of a group planning to hire hitmen to kill the legislator, “free up” his seat for the next person on his party’s list and blame the murder on the editor of a local newspaper.
Prosecutors Anibal Lafourcade, Mario Guerrero and Jose Costa requested warrants to search several locations and arrested two suspects, including the Entre Rios government official, judicial officials told Telam.
The suspects were charged with conspiring to murder Bahler, judicial officials said.
The Entre Rios Tourism Ministry fired the official arrested in connection with the murder plot.
The firing “is related to the incidents now in the public eye in which the now former official is involved and in which the judicial system has intervened,” the ministry said in a statement.