Ibar Esteban Pérez Corradi, the man accused of being the brains behind the notorious 2008 General Rodríguez triple murder, has done a 180 and asked to be extradited back to Argentina from Paraguay, where he has been held since last week. Corradi is set to be included in a witness protection program along with his wife and children: he could be back in Argentina by next week.
As a quick recap, the Triple Murder of General Rodríguez (or “triple crime” as it’s known in Spanish) was the murder of three young pharmaceutical businessmen: Sebastián Forza, Damián Ferrón and Leopoldo Bina. Their bodies were found on August 13th, 2008, off Highway 24 in the Buenos Aires Province district of General Rodríguez. Their bodies showed multiple bullet wounds and signs of torture. In later investigations it was found that that the three had had illicit dealings with drug cartels, specifically trafficking ephedrine (which is used to manufacture methamphetamine). Pérez Corradi was supposedly the brains behind the murders.
The triple murder of General Rodríguez is controversial because there are speculations that it could reveal ties between Kirchnerite politicians and the aforementioned drug-trafficking ring known as the “medication mafia.” Some say that the illegal business provided funds for former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s 2007 presidential campaign.
Back to the present. Corradi previously refused to be extradited on the grounds that he doesn’t trust the Argentine judiciary to carry out a fair investigation because former government officials could be implicated in the case. Although the people Pérez Corradi could potentially implicate are no longer in office, they remain powerful and have a lot of influence, which is probably why Pérez Corradi is afraid.
However, a week after saying he wouldn’t come back, he presented a written document to Paraguayan Judge Julián López asking to be extradited back to Argentina on the condition that he and his wife, Gladys Delgado Brítez, and children be placed in a witness protection program. In addition, he has asked to be held in a jail outside the jurisdiction of the Penitentiary Service, with Internet access and money to take care of his families (plural, in Paraguay and Argentina).
In return, his lawyers have promised that Corradi will provide verifiable evidence to put former Kichnerite officials in the hot seat regarding the rabbit hole of drug trafficking linked to the “medication mafia.”
Pérez Corradi was arrested in the Brazilian city of Foz de Iguazu in a joint operation carried out by the Argentine Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) and Brazilian police. He was then taken back to Paraguay and placed under strict surveillance. Why was he taken to Paraguay if he’s a suspect in Argentina? Two reasons:
- He confessed he had illegally entered Brazil via the Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este (so for legal reasons, he was taken back to the country he came from).
- He also faces charges in Paraguay. He’s been accused of forging public documents, as it was found he used a fake identity to live there during most of the time he was fleeing Argentine authorities. If tried and found guilty in Paraguay, he could face up to five years in prison.
Pérez Corradi had managed to elude capture by authorities since 2012.