BOGOTA - Colombian police are searching
for a Mexican fugitive wanted for the shooting in January of
Paraguay international Salvador Cabanas, a senior officer said
Finding Jose Jorge "JJ" Balderas, whom a drugs lord captured
in Mexico this week identified as the shooter, was a priority,
Judicial Police chief Carlos Mena said.
Cabanas, who had been set to go to the World Cup in South
Africa with the Paraguay team in June, was shot in the head in a
Mexico City bar, according to some reports during an argument
over his form for local first division club America.
The forward, who survived the attack but still has the
bullet lodged in his brain, was moved from a Mexico City
hospital after a month to a Buenos Aires clinic where he is now
an out-patient to be closer to Paraguay.
"According to information we have received from the Mexican
authorities, this person has links to the captured narcotics
trafficker Edgar Valdez, alias 'La Barbie', who identifies him
as the perpetrator of having gravely injured the Paraguayan
footballer Salvador Cabanas," Mena told reporters.
"We have in our possession the red circular against this
person issued by Interpol Mexico."
Mena added that Balderas was accused of attempted homicide
and warned he was violent and extremely dangerous.
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