New Paraguayan interior minister to purge corrupt police

Paraguay’s new interior minister, Nelson Mora, said Thursday that he will purge the national police as part of an effort to come to grips with growing crime. The discovery Wednesday of the body of a 10-year-old boy who had been kidnapped two days earlier prompted President Nicanor Duarte, who is currently in Europe, to dismiss Interior Minister Orlando Fiorotto and police chief Umberto Nuñez, replacing them with Mora and Carlos Zelaya, respectively. It is expected that Nuñez’s dismissal will lead to the forced retirement of at least four other senior police officials, and Mora said that police officers “will be indicted if ties (are found) to any irregular act.” Before his appointment, Mora was the administration’s attorney general and had previously served as Paraguay’s ambassador in Colombia. Full Story

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