Colombia arrests Argentine singer's killer

2012-03-13 21:09
Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez under arrest for the suspected ordering of the attack that resulted in the murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. (Fernando Vergaro, AP)

Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez under arrest for the suspected ordering of the attack that resulted in the murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral. (Fernando Vergaro, AP) (Fernando Vergara)

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Bogota - Police in Colombia on Tuesday announced the arrest of a suspect in the death of beloved Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral, who was fatally shot last year in Guatemala.

Authorities told reporters that they have detained a Costa Rican man, Alejandro Jimenez, 38, who they said was the mastermind behind the assassination.

Federal police chief Oscar Naranjo told reporters that Jimenez, also known as "El Palidejo" is a leading suspect in the murder plot, and that four alleged accomplices also have been taken into custody.

Cabral, 74, was killed by gunmen last July while on his way to the main international airport in Guatemala.

Argentina held three days of national mourning and fans turned up in their droves to pay final respects as Cabral's coffin was displayed on the main theatres in the heart of Buenos Aires.

A global nomad who claimed to have visited 150 countries, Cabral's music was largely about peace, love and everyday pleasures and pain.

His songs include the 1970s hit I'm not from here nor there and are frequently performed by other Spanish-language performers. He was deemed "World Peace Messenger" in 1996 by UNESCO.

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