Gang Members, Police Officer Arrested In Filmmaker’s Slaying In El Salvador

(CNN) — Six men, including a police officer, are facing homicide charges in last week’s killing of French filmmaker and photographer Christian Poveda in El Salvador, the attorney general’s office said.

The suspect accused of ordering the slaying, Nelson Lazo Rivera, was already in prison, according to a statement Wednesday from the agency. Officials gave no motive for the slaying or say what Lazo Rivera is incarcerated for. El Diario de Hoy newspaper said he is in prison for several murders, including three slayings in 2003 known as the “massacre of Samcap.”

Poveda, 53, had recently finished a documentary about a violent street gang, part of the Mara 18 criminal group in El Salvador. He was found shot to death September 2 in the town of Tonacatepeque, about 10 miles northeast of the capital, San Salvador, authorities said.

Four of the suspects are members of the same Mara 18 gang that was the subject of Poveda’s film, the attorney general’s office said. National Civil Police Officer Juan Napoleon Espinoza also was arrested, the office added.


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