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|Fabiana González Raggio|
Lawyer Fabiana González Raggio, who defended Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) leader Gerardo Gonzalez Valencia, survived an assassination attempt earlier this month. The attack occurred in Montevideo, Uruguay, when two unidentified gunmen shot at Gonzalez Raggio, her mother-in-law and her nephew as they were walking through a neighborhood. Gonzalez Raggio’s mother-in-law was shot twice on her head and back.
González Raggio said in an interview that she did not believe she was targeted for any of her ongoing cases. However, she gave no mention to her former client Gonzalez Valencia. She provided him with legal assistance when the CJNG boss was first arrested in Uruguay in 2016.
The police said that would-be assassins were directly targeting González Raggio. “This was an attack directly to her, no doubt”, a police source told reporters. However, some investigators said that it may have been a failed robbery attempt.
|CJNG boss Gerardo González Valencia, who was arrested in Uruguay|
His wife Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arévalo was reportedly working with him on this large money laundering scheme when the couple moved from Mexico to Uruguay in 2011. He had millionaire properties and businesses in Punta del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay.
Gonzalez Valencia’s wife Amaral Arevalo was not in Uruguay when he was arrested. She had left to Guadalajara, Jalisco, in early 2016, but planned to return to Uruguay after two months. The reason for her return is still unclear, but some sources said that she had return to Mexico to take care of some legal issues.
|Wendy Dalaithy Amaral Arévalo, wife of the CJNG boss Gerardo González Valencia|
Two days after Gonzalez Valencia’s arrest, Amaral Arévalo was arrested by anti-narcotics agents at the Carrasco International Airport after returning from Mexico. She said she had returned to Uruguay to pick up her three children and take them to Guadalajara.
Lawyer González Raggio became her personal attorney. She was able to secure her release in July, and Amaral Arévalo was given a US$25,000 fine and a 6-month travel permit to come in and out of Uruguay. Her defense stated that Amaral Arévalo would not flee indefinitely because her children were in Mexico and her husband and father (Héctor Amaral Padilla) were imprisoned in Uruguay.