The prosecutor assigned to analyze the killing of gay Puerto Rican rapper Kevin Fret in 2019 stated this week that she was instructed to cease her probe and was by no means given a proof.
Betzaida Quiñones Rodríguez made the allegations in a number of native media shops in Puerto Rico. She stated the investigation was shut down simply three months after Fret’s dying by order of Olga Castellón, who was the chief prosecutor on the Puerto Rico Justice Division on the time.
Fret was shot a number of instances whereas using his bike on January 2019 in Santurce, a neighborhood within the San Juan metropolitan space. Nobody has been arrested or indicted in connection to his dying.
The 24-year-old rapper had just lately damaged into the Latin lure music scene together with his debut single “Soy Así,” which interprets to “I’m this manner,” a track that celebrates being unapologetic about one’s life. This was a sentiment Fret subscribed to and he inspired others to do the identical as an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ neighborhood.
Whereas Quiñones Rodríguez stated she acquired her directions from Castellón, “I can not separate from this the secretary of justice on the time, Wanda Vázquez, as a result of the chief prosecutor reviews to the secretary of justice,” Quiñones Rodríguez told Puerto Rico’s largest daily newspaper, El Nuevo Día, in Spanish. “Since it is a case of excessive public curiosity, there needed to be fixed communication between the chief prosecutor and the secretary of justice.”
Vázquez was Puerto Rico’s secretary of justice from 2017 to 2019, however later became the governor of Puerto Rico after embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló was forced to resign over his involvement in a chat scandal that triggered masses of outraged Puerto Ricans to take the streets, demanding his ouster. She ruled till the tip of 2020.
Fret’s case gained extra prominence when his mom, Hilda Rodríguez, publicly accused reggaeton star Jan Carlos Ozuna, identified artistically as Ozuna, and his supervisor, Vicente Saavedra, of being concerned in her son’s killing.
Ozuna had accused Fret of extortion. Fret was allegedly asking Ozuna for cash in change of not publishing damming details about the reggaeton singer.
Rodríguez has maintained that her son didn’t have interaction in extortion.
Rodríguez doubled down on her accusations in opposition to Ozuna and Saavedra this week in an interview with NotiUno 630 AM following Quiñones Rodríguez’s feedback.
“I knew this might come to gentle,” Rodriguez stated in Spanish. “The 2 of them need to pay for what they did.”
Antonio Sagardía, Ozuna’s lawyer, advised NBC Information he wouldn’t be commenting on the matter associated to the prosecutor in Fret’s case. He additionally declined to answer Rodríguez’s feedback about Ozuna because it’s “not primarily based on any proof associated to the case,” Sagardía stated in Spanish.
Saavedra didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Assessing to see if there ‘was any unlawful motion’
Quiñones Rodríguez alleged her investigation into Fret’s dying was halted throughout “its most crucial stage,” including that following allegations about public figures in connection to the investigation, “it was determined and directions got to me to cease the investigation.”
Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández stated Thursday his division will look into the allegations made by Quiñones Rodríguez “to evaluate whether or not there was any unlawful motion.”
“After analyzing the reviews and paperwork associated to the case, I referred this matter to the Division of Public Integrity and Comptroller Affairs,” Emanuelli Hernández stated in a statement in Spanish. “These are critical allegations that should be examined in better element.”
Emanuelli Hernández added that shutting down an investigation “does not constitute an illegal act” until it lacks a correct authorized justification.
Quiñones Rodríguez’s allegations add to the scrutiny Vázquez, the previous governor, is dealing with after she was arrested on bribery charges three months in the past. She has plead not responsible and is anticipated to go to trial.
“They’ve to analyze this woman and Olga Castellón as nicely,” Rodríguez advised NotiUno 630 AM.
Ignacio Fernández De Lahongrais, an legal professional for Vázquez, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Makes an attempt to contact Castellón have been unsuccessful.
Quiñones Rodríguez continues to be the prosecutor answerable for investigating Fret’s dying as of Friday.