Man detained in Paraguay for threatening US ambassador (Telefuturo)
A man accused of having threatened the United States ambassador to Paraguay, Marc Ostfield, on Twitter, was arrested in a town near Asunción, the National Police reported this Saturday.
Identified on the social network as Eduardo García, the suspect was arrested in the city of Fernando de la Mora, department of Central, after he posted on his account that a “bullet in the forehead” of the diplomat was needed.
“A bullet in the forehead is what this garbage person needs,” García wrote on the social network. Local media indicated that the individual faces an accusation for allegedly threatening a punishable act.
Marc Ostfield, US Ambassador to Paraguay (EFE)
Regarding the case, the deputy chief of the Anti-kidnapping Department of the National Police, Mario Vallejos, explained to the Telefuturo channel that, after detecting the publication, they reported the fact to the Public Ministry, which through prosecutor Irma Llano, from the Specialized Crime Unit Informaticians, ordered the arrest.
Consulted by Infobae, the prosecutor Llano confirmed that García recognized the fact. “We already accused it. In addition to that, we order his arrest and make him available to the court, ”she expressed.
And he added: “Now the cell phone will have to be tested and also wait for the Twitter report. But, in the same way, he recognized the fact, that he was indeed the one who wrote that and that he did it because he did not agree, supposedly, with the policy of the United States ”.
The threat to the US ambassador in Paraguay
For his part, the police chief indicated that the detainee said he had spread the tweet “without realizing the repercussion” and the “impact” it could have. In any case, he clarified that the job of the Police is to demonstrate that “there is no real threat against the diplomat.”
The detainee declared that the message on Twitter was “without any intention” and apologized to the US ambassador “from the depths”.
The authorities arrested Eduardo García for threats against the US ambassador
“It was a total slip, a nonsense that I should not have said,” he said; while she clarified that he has never had the idea of wanting to attempt against someone’s life.
(National Police of Paraguay)
And he continued: “I don’t even have the means or the idea of how to carry a weapon (…). Since I finished school I only dedicated myself to work and never in my life had the idea of attacking anyone, much less against the United States ambassador.
Eduardo García from behind (TV Capture)
The local newspaper Última Hora reported that an iPhone 6 cell phone was seized, while ABC indicated that the arrest occurred within the framework of “Operation Adri”, carried out by the Anti-Kidnapping Department of the Paraguayan Police.
The arrest occurred within the framework of “Operation Adri”, of the Anti-kidnapping department of the Prague Police.
Marc Ostfield has been the US Ambassador to Paraguay since March 2022. Prior to this position, as a career US civil servant, he held leadership roles in the US Department of State since 2002. Previous positions included his service as Ombudsman for the Department; Acting Director and Deputy Director of the Foreign Service Institute; Director of the Office of Global Affairs and Policy in the Office of European and Eurasian Affairs; Senior Foreign Affairs Officer of the Office for Scientific and Technological Cooperation; and Senior Advisor on Bioterrorism, Biodefense and Health Security in the Office of International Health and Biodefense.
Between 1987 and 2002, Ambassador Ostfield created and led through USAID, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other donor-funded global health and HIV/AIDS programs in the United States, America America and around the world.
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