Drug lawyer murdered in Peru

Isabel Guerra

Francisco Nuñez Peña, a Peruvian lawyer who defended drug traffickers was murdered by masked gunmen in Lima, reported El Comercio newspaper, apparently in an act of revenge.

“Two masked men quickly got out of the car. After saying a few words to get (Nuñez’s) attention, the one on the motorcycle appeared, pulled out a pistol and fired several times from close range,” an eyewitness said.

The initial police investigation determined that the attorney was probably killed for revenge, because he was unable to win a reduction of sentence for a drug trafficker he defended.

The 61-year-old Nuñez had defended several well-known drug traffickers, including Fernando Zevallos, Lucio Tijero and the Aybar Cancho brothers.

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