Orlando Martínez
República Dominicana

March 17, 1975

Case: Orlando Martínez

Editor of the magazine Ahora and stringer for El Nacional in Santo Domingo.

Circumstances:   (+)

Around 7:30 p.m. he left the El Nacional newsroom and near the Santo Domingo Autonomous University he was shot to death.

Sentences:   (+)

On August 10, 2000 Luis Emilio de la Rosa was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The Supreme Court on December 19, 2007 upheld the maximum sentences – 30 years in prison – that the San Pedro de Macorís Criminal Court had handed down on April 17, 2007 to Mariano Cabrera Durán and Rabel Lluberas Ricart.

As an accomplice Joaquín Antonio Pou Castro had been given a 20-year prison sentence, which was increased by the Supreme Court on December 19 to 30 years as co-perpetrator of the murder.

Sentences reversed and acquittals:   (+)

Prisoners sentenced:   (+)

Mariano Cabrera Durán, Rabel Lluberes Ricart and Joaquín Antonio Pou Castro.

Released / Sentence commuted:   (+)

Luis Emilio de la Rosa was released from prison in April 2007.

Jailed awaiting trial:   (+)

Suspects not charged:   (+)

Fugitives:   (+)

Notes:   (+)

On March 17, 2008 members of the journalist’s family announced their intention to continue taking legal action against the alleged masterminds of the murder, attributed to the military hierarchy during the government of President Joaquín Balaguer.

On December 19, 2007, after remaining in the court archives for 32 years and 10 years after the legal proceedings had begun, the Supreme Court finally closed the case, ruling that the matter had been tried irrevocably and there had been a conviction, thus ratifying the maximum sentences of three of the defendants.

On March 17, 1997 ordered held in custody were Rabel Lluberas Ricart, Joaquín Antonio Pou, Luis Emilio de la Rosa, Salvador Lluberes Montás and Isidoro Martínez. The latter two were excluded for health reasons.

That same year the extradition from New York of Mariano Cabrera Durán, also implicated in the murder, was requested.