03 January 2011

Colombian Attorney General’s Office files charge for 2003 murder

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The Colombian Attorney General’s Office has charged Orlando Villa Zapata, a.k.a. “Rubén,” the second former military chief of the self-defense movement’s Bloque Vencedores de Arauca (Arauca Victors Bloc) with being allegedly responsible for ordering the March 18, 2003 murder of journalist Luis Eduardo Alfonso Parada.
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The Colombian Attorney General’s Office has charged Orlando Villa Zapata, a.k.a. “Rubén,” the second former military chief of the self-defense movement’s Bloque Vencedores de Arauca (Arauca Victors Bloc) with being allegedly responsible for ordering the March 18, 2003 murder of journalist Luis Eduardo Alfonso Parada. According to a ruling by the Public Prosecutor for Human Rights handling the case Villa Zapata was alleged to have committed homicide and conspiracy to commit a serious offense. The journalist, from the Meridiano 70 radio station and a stringer for the newspaper El Tiempo, was killed in Arauca by hitmen on motorcycles who shot him three times as he was about to enter the radio station where he worked.

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