Ecuador prison director killed as voters head to polls -govt

By Thomson Reuters Apr 21, 2024 | 4:17 PM

QUITO (Reuters) – Ecuadorean prison director Cosme Damian Parrales Merchan was killed on Sunday, the South American country’s SNAI prisons agency said in a statement, even as citizens head to the polls to vote in a referendum over a raft of security measures.

SNAI did not give more details on the death of Parrales, who headed the Manabi No. 4 prison in the west of the country. The agency said it would work with the investigating authorities to determine those responsible.

(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia; Editing by Josie Kao)