Paraguay’s interior minister has been sacked after admitting he had a relationship with a Brazilian drug dealer

So far this Tuesday, Paraguayan Interior Minister Arnaldo Giuzzio was fired after admitting he had a relationship with Brazilian drug trafficker Marcus Vinicius Espíndola Marqués de Padua.

This was confirmed by Paraguayan cabinet chef Hernán Hutterman, who pointed out at a press conference that President Mario Abdo Benítez had “changed him” and appointed Federico González “in his place”.

According to Hutterman, the Paraguayan president intends to “preserve the legitimacy of the interior ministry, which recent events could jeopardize.”

Paraguay’s interior minister has been sacked after admitting he had a relationship with a Brazilian drug dealer
Paraguay’s interior minister has been sacked after admitting he had a relationship with a Brazilian drug dealer

Giuzzio has admitted he has “known” Espíndola since 2021. As he has indicated, one of his companies offered the Interior Ministry “ballistic materials, vests, also armored vehicles (…)”. “We welcome this company like so many other companies,” he said, according to the ABC Color newspaper.

The former minister has also admitted that in December 2021 he rented a vehicle from another Espíndola company because his broke down. “The contact didn’t go beyond that,” he clarified.

González has since held various positions in the Benítez executive, including chief of protocol and presidential director. The new Paraguayan minister has indicated he has received “orders” to continue the fight against organized crime. He is expected to officially take up his post this Wednesday in the Government Palace.

Similar Posts