The Ecuadoran government announced Tuesday the capture of six suspects in the murder of a Japanese tourist, who was shot along with his wife while celebrating their honeymoon in December.
The case drew the attention of the Japanese press and prompted public apologies by Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa.
"We have arrested six suspects," Interior Minister Jose Serrano said on state television Tuesday.
The arrested men reportedly ran a kidnapping ring. Among the six is the gang's alleged leader, who goes by the name "La Vaca" ("The Cow").
On Dec 28, Japanese tourist Hitomi Tetsuo, 30, and his wife Mariko, 27, who were vacationing in the southwest city of Guayaquil, were robbed after hailing a taxi. The couple had been married on Dec 22.
Tetsuo was shot three times and died while his wife was shot twice. She was hospitalized for several days before returning home.
The police had offered up to $100,000 for information related to the murder.
Serrano indicated that a government official will travel to Japan to report the capture and provide "an additional apology" to the victims' families.© (c) 2014 AFP