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Colombia calls death of journalist Guillermo Cano a crime against humanity

By Ingrid Bachmann

The investigation into the 1986 death of the publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper El Espectador, Guillermo Cano, will have no statute of limitations as the prosecution declared the killing, still unsolved, as a crime against humanity, reported El Espectador and El Colombiano.

Cano was shot by members of the Medellín drug cartel outside the offices of his family's newspaper after he called for strong action against drug dealers.

The statute of limitations on the homicide would have run out after 25 years, but the prosecutor elevated it to a crime against humanity, arguing that it was part of “a systematic and widespread plan” of drug traffickers targeting journalists and political leaders in favor of extraditing drug kingpins to the United States, added El Tiempo.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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