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Paraguay justice minister, police chief out over capo escape

ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay — Paraguay’s president says that the country’s justice minister and national police chief have left their positions following the escape of an alleged drug trafficker.

President Mario Abdo Benítez said on Twitter that minister Julio Javier Ríos submitted his resignation and police chief Walter Vásquez had been fired “in light of the serious events.”

Jorge Samudio made a getaway Wednesday as officers were transporting him to a prison about 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of the capital of Asuncion.

The alleged capo, who is known by the alias Samura, was arrested in October 2018 at his ranch in the town of Capitan Bado near the border with the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

The Associated Press