|01/11/2011 | Costa Rican Linked To Facundo Cabral Murder Subject Of International Arrest Warrant
Inside Costa Rica
Costa Rican Alejandro Jiménez is a wanted man after Guatemalan authorities issued an international arrest warrant for his role in the murder of singer Facundo Cabral.
However, the news is nothing new for Costa Rican officials, particularly the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) who for several week have been trying to locate the man, who in Costa Rica is known as "Palidejo".
Coralia Orantes, a Guatemalan journalist, told Radio Monumental that the Attorney General in her country has communicated the arrest warrant to his counterparts in Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
According to Orantes, Palidejo, and former military man, led the criminal organization that is linked to the murder of the Argentine folk singer, Facundo Cabral, best known as the composer of "No soy de aquí ni soy de allá" (I'm not from here nor there), which he improvised during one of his concerts. His songs have been covered by Spanish language interpreters such as Alberto Cortez, who was also a friend of his, Juan Luis Guerra and Joan Manuel Serrat.
Guatemalan officials are seeking evidence of the involvement of criminal organization in at least 20 other murders.
Authorities say that Cabral was not the intended victim, but rather Henry Fariñas, a Nicaraguan businessman who was Cabral's promoter and owner of a string of night clubs (strip clubs) in Central America called "Elite", including Costa Rica.
The two were in the same vehicle in Guatemala City while en route to La Aurora International Airport on July 9, 2011. Fariñas survived the attack.
Cabral was accompanied by a second vehicle carrying bodyguards, but they couldn't protect the singer's vehicle from the bullets. Cabral was riding in a SUV that tried to flee the attackers by driving into a fire station. At least 20 bullet holes were seen in the Range Rover car he was in.
The gunmen were in three late-model vehicles, one in front of Cabral's car and two to the right and left. One of the attackers' vehicles was later found abandoned on the road to El Salvador. It was a brown Hyundai Santa Fe with bullet holes and containing bullet-proof vests and an AK-47 magazine.
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