Press freedom organization denounces acquittal of former intelligence agent implicated in torture case against Colombian journalist Claudia Julieta Duque

"The [Colombian] Foundation for Press Freedom (Flip, by its Spanish acronym) rejected the acquittal decision of a judge who, on May 30, found Ronal Rivera Rodríguez, former officer of the Special Intelligence Group G3 of the then Administrative Department of Security (DAS, by its Spanish acronym), not guilty for the aggravated torture of which journalist Claudia Julieta Duque Orrego was a victim. The woman was assaulted when she was investigating the assassination of humorist Jaime Garzón, perpetrated in August 1999 in Bogotá [Colombia].

The judge in charge of the journalist's case recognized that the facts were part of a systematic and generalized plan of violence against the press, which affected women journalists in a different way, and therefore constitutes a crime against humanity. However, in the ruling acquitting Rivera, the court stated it did not find sufficient evidence to confirm the ex-agent's participation in the crimes."

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