February 7, 2004
Case: Martin La Rotta
Owner and journalist of radio station La Palma Stereo in San Alberto, Cesar.
At 12:35 p.m. two men entered he radio station and stabbed him in the neck and he later died from his injuries.
He had refused paramilitaries’ attempts at extortion, that he pay hush money, so as to be able to continue running his radio station.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
In May 2007 paramilitary Juan Francisco Prada Márquez confessed to prosecutors in the Colombian Attorney General’s Office’s Justice and Peace Division that he had ordered the journalist’s murder. He was not sent to prison due to the demobilization agreements with the paramilitaries. Because he confessed he was let off lightly.
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Prada fue detenido en diciembre de 2007 y en agosto de 2008 solicitó el beneficio de sentencia anticipada.
Suspects not charged: (+)