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Probe on ‘lapses’ in former mayor’s security underway

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Debold Sinas said they are now working with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) 7 officials to determine if there were security lapses committed that resulted in the death of former Medellin mayor Ricardo Ramirez.

Ramirez was considered a high-profile prisoner and certain security protocols had been put in place.

According to Sinas, a joint investigation of the PRO 7 and the BJMP 7 would determine if the protocols were followed.

Sinas said the Medellin police had asked the court to transfer Ramirez back to the regular jail, before the mayor was shot dead inside his hospital room in Barangay Luy-a, Medellin on Tuesday night, June 18, 2019.

The police had received reports about Ramirez’s playing tennis outside the premises of the Bogo-Medellin Medical Center (BMMC).

However, Ramirez’s lawyer was able to convince the court that the former mayor still needed medical attention, according to Sinas.

Meanwhile, Medellin Planning Officer Giles Villamor denied the report that Ramirez’s youngest son, Pedro Jesus, may have an idea who masterminded the killing of his father.

Pedro Jesus was shocked by the statement of the Medellin police chief, who said the former already has a suspect in mind, according to Villamor, who is coordinating with the Ramirez family.

Villamor said the family has not issued a single public statement since Ramirez’s murder. In 2017, Ramirez was arrested for possession of unlicensed firearms. (WBS)


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