Stiff sentence in Colombian journalist's murder

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January 23, 2009 06:31

 
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A Colombian judge has sentenced a former mayor to 28 years in prison for ordering the April 2003 killing of a journalist who had repeatedly denounced the politician as corrupt. It was the first time the mastermind of a journalist's killing in Colombia had been convicted and imprisoned since 1992, the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said. Julio Cesar Ardila was among three men convicted in the murder of Jose Emeterio Rivas of the local radio station "Calor Estereo," who was shot to death in the steamy refinery city of Barrancabermeja on Colombia's main river, the Magdalena. The sentence, handed down by judge Nelly Vallejo in the regional capital of Bucaramanga on Jan. 13, only came to light Thursday after the InterAmerican Press Association's president, Enrique Santos, publicized it.

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