A group of Colombian advisors landed in Paraguay early Friday in response to a request from the government of Mario Abdo Benítez for help in investigating the kidnapping of former Vice President Óscar Denis, who was abducted with his driver on Wednesday, allegedly by the guerrillas of the Paraguayan People’s Army (EPP).
Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo on Thursday confirmed the appeal to other governments, to which Colombia responded immediately, to transfer its experience of other similar kidnappings by groups such as the FARC and ELN to the case.
Abdo Benítez sent his presidential plane to pick up the experts who arrived in Concepción this Friday, according to the ABC Color newspaper. Both the Paraguayan president and other high-ranking officials in his executive branch are still on the scene to oversee the investigation.
Denis and his driver Adelio Mendoza were attacked while driving in a vehicle on a farm owned by the liberal politician. The former Vice President’s family posted a message this Friday asking the kidnappers to consider the hostage’s need for medication.