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Ecuador: the lawyer found dead was strangled


The lawyer found dead on Wednesday after disappearing ten days ago from a police academy in Quito, was strangled, announced...

The lawyer found dead on Wednesday after disappearing ten days ago from a police academy in Quito, was strangled, authorities announced Thursday, September 22, while her remains were on display at the largest public university in Quito. Ecuador.

The autopsy revealed that Maria Belen Bernal had been the victim of

“strangulation and asphyxiation”

, declared on a local radio the commander of the Ecuadorian police, General Fausto Salinas.

“My daughter is already an angel, but it won't end there.

It will end when the culprits have paid,”

Elizabeth Otavalo, mother of victim Maria Belen Bernal, told reporters.

"She died inside the Higher Police School (ESP), so it's a state crime

," accused the victim's mother.

"My daughter's death cannot go unpunished, she will not be another statistic"

, lambasted Elizabeth Otavalo.

The body of the 34-year-old lawyer was found on a hill in the suburbs of Quito, about 5 km from the police academy in the suburbs of Quito where she had come to find her husband.

The latter, today the main suspect, is on the run in this case which has become a new standard in the fight against feminicide in the country.

A $20,000 reward

The authorities are working with

“international cooperation”

to find the suspect husband, added General Salinas, without specifying the nature of this cooperation and the countries concerned.

The government also offered a $20,000 reward.

According to the statements of the lawyers, cries and calls for help were heard for about twenty minutes from the room of the husband, an instructor within the ESP.

A junior student within the ESP, who allegedly had a relationship with the suspect, was arrested.

The coffin containing the remains of Maria Belen Bernal was deposited Thursday at the theater of the Central University of Ecuador, converted into a funeral chapel to receive the public, and where it will remain until Friday.

Feminist groups went there, chanting in particular

"Not one less, we want to be alive"

and demanding justice for the young lawyer.

Hundreds of people visited the University to express their condolences to the family.

Ecuador experiences high rates of gender-based violence.

According to the Attorney General's office, at least 573 women have been murdered since 2014. But according to feminist organizations, 206 feminicides have been recorded since the beginning of the year.

Source: lefigaro

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