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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Assassination of son of former Honduran president: six arrested

TEGUCIGALPA ( Associated Press) – Honduran National Police have arrested six suspects in the murder of Said Lobo Bonilla, son of former President Porfirio Lobo Sosa, and three others.

The six suspects are alleged members of the MS gang, officials said during a press conference held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday.

Suspects in the Honduran capital were caught in the final hours in connection with a number of crimes that occurred early Thursday, when the victims were leaving a nightclub, officials said at the conference, which was attended by the director general of the national police, Hector Gustavo Sánchez.

On Friday, the investigating agents in charge of the case managed to locate and seize one of the vehicles in which the robber criminals were traveling while committing the crime with heavy weapons, he said.

One of the victims was identified as 23-year-old Saeed Omar Lobo Bonilla, son of former President Porfirio Lobo, and former First Lady Rosa Elena Bonilla de Lobo, who are currently in prison on corruption charges.

Those killed in the attack were Luis Armando Zelaya Rivera – the nephew of the former chief of the Honduran armed forces, Romeo Vasquez Velasquez – José Salomon Vasquez Chávez and Norlán Enrique Rodriguez – the latter driver and bodyguard of the Lobo Bonilla family.

“The National Police has made significant progress in clarifying the matter which, unfortunately, has left many Honduran families in mourning,” Sanchez began in attendance. “As a result of efforts and investigations, the identification and possession of six members of the criminal structure was achieved, with one person posing as a police officer.”

The senior national police official also said that two firearms and 14 cell phones were confiscated.

After the crime was committed, according to Sanchez, a joint team of several state institutions launched an investigation, which led to a series of raids in which a double-cab pick-up truck allegedly appeared in a video released about several murders. gives. met.

The vehicle had several bullet holes and during an inspection “important evidence was removed that allow us to proceed in a technical and scientific manner, using ballistics, dactyloscopy, forensic video and computer forensic laboratories to continue identifying participants in the crime.” use. done”, according to the Director General of the National Police.

Regarding the motive of the crime, the officials confined themselves to say that the detainees belong to the criminal structure of the MS gang, they are being interrogated and the possibility of more arrests in the next few hours cannot be ruled out. Maybe, given that at least 11 people participated. in crime.

The assailants killed four youths when they were leaving a nightclub in the early hours of Thursday. The armed group dressed as agents of anti-gang police pulled the youth from vehicles, placed them against a wall and shot them, then fled the scene.

Videos of the incidents were released on social networks, causing a tremendous uproar in Honduran society.

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