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Executed Paraguayan Home for Burial

April 21, 1998

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) _ The body of Angel Francisco Breard, a Paraguayan executed last week in Virginia, arrived Monday in Asuncion for burial in a local cemetery.

Breard, 32, was put to death last Tuesday for the 1992 murder of a Virginia woman. His death by lethal injection came after pleas to block the execution from Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the World Court, the United Nation’s highest judicial body.

``Those that ordered the death of my son will one day face divine justice,″ Armenia Giubi, Breard’s mother, said. ``Nobody can understand the pain that I feel at seeing the return of my son in a coffin.″

A Varig airlines commercial flight flew Breard’s body back to Paraguay. His remains are to be buried Tuesday in La Recoleta cemetery in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital.

Jose Emilio Gorostiaga, Breard’s lawyer, said he will ask the United Nations to press the state of Virginia to compensate Breard’s family. He alleges that Virginia authorities violated the Vienna Convention.

Virginia officials acknowledged they failed to inform Breard of his right to contact the Paraguayan consulate for assistance after his arrest, a right established under the convention.

Albright asked Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore to delay the execution because she was concerned the case could jeopardize the safety of Americans arrested in other countries.

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