Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: Jorge Luis Marroquín Sagastume
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 1998|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1997 - Motive Confirmed: Jorge Luis Marroquín Sagastume, January 1998, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64950ec.html [accessed 26 January 2015]|
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June 5, 1997, in Jocotán, Guatemala
Marroquín, founding director of the local monthly Sol Chortí, which has reported extensively on corruption in the mayor's office, was fatally shot in the town of Jocotán by two assassins, according to eyewitnesses. Brothers Neftalí and José Gabriel López León, who were being tried for the murder, said that Jocotán mayor José Manuel Ohajaca hired José Gabriel to kill Marroquín, who was also a member of the ruling Partida de Avanzada Nacional (National Vanguard Party) in the department of Chiquimula.
On September 21, 1999, the Neftalí and José Gabriel were sentenced to 30 years in prison. Ohajaca, remained at large; at year's end he was rumored to be living in Los Angeles.
|Beats Covered:||Corruption, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Government Officials|