Police have lead suspect in case of Paola Languasco death
Three men arrested in the case of the murder of Puerto Plata lawyer Paola Languasco Jimenez say they were paid to carry out the crime by Ambiorix Nepomuceno Rodriguez, a Dominican-Spanish citizen who left the country for Spain on 13 April 2015.
The men who were arrested were named as Lariel Pichardo Marte (Colita), Luciano Antonio Suriel Marmol (Gilberto) and Cristino Antonio Marlmol Nunez (Franklin). They led law enforcement officers to Languasco’s body on Friday, 24 April near Jardines el Norte where Rodriguez, the chief suspect, lived. Languasco’s family reported her missing on 6 April 2015. Her father, Leopoldo Languasco, said he has information that Rodriguez was living in Spain and had left the Dominican Republic to evade the Police and prosecutors.
The lawyer leaves three children, aged 12, 10 and 7.
The body was found on Prolongacion Padre Las Casas and taken to the National Forensic Institute (INACIF) for autopsy, as reported in Diario Libre.
The relatives have asked the Attorney General to extradite Rodriguez.
As reported in El Nacional, the Police said that Police Chief Major General Manuel Castro Castillo had discussed the case with the Interpol director in Spain.
Police spokesman Colonel Jacobo Mateo Moquete said that the Spanish authorities would arrest and deport Ambiorix Nepomuceno Rodriguez. He said that prosecutors in the Dominican Republic had followed the correct procedure when they released Rodriguez because there were no grounds for keeping him in detention at the time.
General Hector Garcia Cuevas, commander of the Santiago region, had identified Rodriguez as the mastermind. He was arrested and interrogated on 10 April, but the judge who heard the case ordered him to be left in the custody of an unnamed person and said he was required to return to court. Nonetheless, Rodriguez was able to leave the country and travel to Spain. His current whereabouts are unknown.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
April 27, 2015
UPDATE: Two sent to pre-trial detention for lawyer’s murder
Judge Luis Novel has ordered one year’s pre-trial detention for Cristino Antonio Marmol Nunez and Lariel Alejandro Pichardo (Colita) accused of complicity in the murder of a Puerto Plata lawyer, 37-year old Paola Languasco Jimenez in Santiago. Her body was found on Friday, 24 April 2015 in an advanced state of decomposition. An autopsy revealed that Languasco died of a bullet wound to the thorax.
The men deny murdering the lawyer and are accusing Ambiorix Nepomuceno Rodriguez of paying them to dispose of the body after he had killed her, reportedly in an apartment in Santiago’s Jardines del Norte residential area. A third man who was arrested, Luciano Alberto Suriel Marmol (Gilberto), will testify against the accused.
Rodriguez, who fled to Spain, has another murder case pending, as reported in Listin Diario. The prosecution has issued an extradition request.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
April 28, 2015
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