ASUNCION – Prosecutors in Paraguay filed a motion on Tuesday to temporarily suspend the case against suspected drug trafficker Ibar Perez Corradi, opening the way for the suspect’s extradition to his native Argentina.
Prosecutor Sandra Quiñonez, who leads the case against Perez in Paraguay on charges of use of false documents and avoiding an arrest warrant, told EFE that the decision was now in the hands of a judge.
On Monday, Judge Julian Lopez approved Perez Corradi’s extradition.
The prosecutors’ motion does not exonerate the suspect but only suspends the case, giving priority to the charges in Argentina, Lopez said.
Perez Corradi, a fugitive for the past three years, was convicted by a court in Argentina as the mastermind of the 2008 murders of Sebastian Forza, Damian Ferron and Leopoldo Bina, a crime apparently linked to the illegal drug trade.
In early June, reports put Perez Corradi in Paraguay, leading to a meeting between Paraguayan Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas and Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich, who said they would work together to catch the fugitive.
The suspect was arrested on June 19 in Foz de Iguazu, a Brazilian city on the border with Paraguay and Argentina, in a joint operation by the Brazilian Federal Police and the Paraguayan National Police.
In Argentina, federal prosecutor Franco Picardi asked federal Judge Sebastian Casanello to request Perez Corradi’s extradition on additional charges of money laundering, judicial officials told the official Telam news agency.