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August 11, 1998

Case: Amparo Leonor Jiménez

Correspondent of television news programs “Q.A.P” and “En Vivo.” She was also coordinator of Redepaz In Valledupar, Cesar.



Circumstances:   (+)

After taking her son to school she parked her car near her home, and waiting for her there was a hit man, who shot her three times in the head.

Sentences:   (+)

2002:
On June 20, 2002 Libardo Prada Bayona, a paramilitary, was sentenced to 37 years and 8 months in prison on a charge of aggravated homicide.

Sentences reversed and acquittals:   (+)

On January 23, 2002 the Valledupar Specialist Circuit Criminal Court acquitted Prada Bayona. The decision was appealed and the Valledupar High Court overruled it and issued a 37-year prison sentence.

Prisoners sentenced:   (+)

Libardo Prada Bayona

Released / Sentence commuted:   (+)


Jailed awaiting trial:   (+)


Suspects not charged:   (+)


Fugitives:   (+)


Notes:   (+)

Since November 2007 the Journalists Subdivision of the Colombian Human Rights Unit has been investigating who might be the mastermind. Also being investigated is the alleged participation in the murder of the Los Chamizos gang and Hernán Giraldo Serna, of the paramilitary Resistence Bloc.

It has also been looking into the alleged participation of the Los Chamizos paramilitary group in the murder.

Following an appeal by the IAPA on June 20, 2002 the Criminal Court of the Valledupar High Court overturned the acquittal of Libardo Prada Bayona.

The journalist had reported on the eviction of 170 families occupying land on a ranch owned by Carlos Arturo Marulanda, a former congressman and ambassador. She was warned by members of the military and paramilitaries to stop reporting on the matter and told to hand over her background material. Marulanda was arrested on other charges on July 16, 2001 by Interpol in Spain. In 2002 he was extradited to Colombia.


The journalist had reported on the eviction of 170 families occupying land on a ranch owned by Carlos Arturo Marulanda, a former congressman and ambassador. She was warned by members of the military and paramilitaries to stop reporting on the matter and told to hand over her background material. Marulanda was arrested on other charges on July 16, 2001 by Interpol in Spain. In 2002 he was extradited to Colombia.


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