The director of the La Modelo jail in Bogotá, murdered by hitmen | EUROtoday

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The director of the La Modelo jail in Bogotá, the retired colonel of the Police lmer Fernndez, He was murdered this Thursday by hitmen who attacked him with pictures when he was touring in an official automobile alongside an avenue within the north of the Colombian capital.

“I regret to be the bearer of terrible news: Retired Colonel Lémer Fernández, director of the La Modelo prison in Bogotá, has just been murdered,” one of the crucial necessary within the nation, mentioned the Minister of Justice. Nstor Osuna, in social networks.

The head of the Justice Ministry defined that the homicide occurred when Fernández was in a automobile of the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (Inpec) on Carrera 30, on the peak of Calle 80.

“The murderers are not going to intimidate us and we will move forward despite their insults and insolence,” mentioned Osuna, who added that each one safety measures for Inpec personnel shall be bolstered.

The Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, He mentioned in his

“Today he is vilely murdered. A lock plan was established in Bogotá and an extraordinary security council will be held to establish measures for all the prisons in the country. A hug and solidarity with his entire family,” Petro wrote.

Threats from criminals

According to the president of the Union of Penitentiary Workers (UTP), scar Robayo, Director Fernández had been threatened a while in the past and these occasions have been made identified to the authorities.

The authorities haven’t recognized attainable perpetrators of the homicide however, in accordance with native media, the official had acquired threats in opposition to him and his household from a felony identified by the alias 'Pedro Pluma' for his or her actions to deliver order to the patios of La Modelo, situated within the southern a part of the town.

Meanwhile, the mayor of Bogot, Carlos Fernando Galán, He assured: “We are working with the authorities to find those responsible as soon as possible. I call on all authorities to work together to protect the lives and guarantee the safety of all people threatened by criminal groups.”

Last February, the Colombian Government declared the jail emergency to confront the persecution of felony gangs in opposition to jail guards and fight the extortion that’s carried out from the nation's detention facilities, all of that are extremely overcrowded.

The measure came about after a wave of violence in opposition to Inpec officers and which price the lifetime of one in every of them, referred to as Jess Crdenas, shot by two hitmen whereas having breakfast close to the San Sebastin de Ternera jail, in Cartagena.

On that event, Minister Osuna defined that cash can be available for purchase mobile phone sign blocking gear in prisons, that are utilized by prisoners to extort and plan different felony actions.

Inpec manages 125 jail institutions all through the nation with capability for 81,740 inmates however at the moment homes 101,976 individuals disadvantaged of their liberty.

This implies that the occupancy within the nation's prisons exceeds their capability by 20,236 inmates, which is equal to an overcrowding of 24.7%, labeled as excessive by Inpec.