August 13, 1999
Case: Jaime Garzón
Journalist and commentator with radio station Radionet, Bogotá. Humorist of Caracol TV.
He was heading in his car to the radio station at dawn when two hit men on a motorcycle shot and killed him.
On March 10, 2004 Carlos Castaño, head of the paramilitary United Self-Defense of Colombia (AUC), was sentenced in absentia to 38 years in prison as the mastermind of the murder. Castaño was himself murdered.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
On March 10, 2004 Edilberto Sierra Ayala and Juan Pablo Ortiz Agudelo, alleged perpetrators, were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
On January 18, 2000 Juan Pablo Ortiz Agudelo was taken into custody as alleged perpetrator of the murder.
On October 3, 2001 Edilberto Sierra Ayala was taken into custody and charged with aggravated homicide. Both were tried and acquitted.
Suspects not charged: (+)
The IAPA requested that the case be transferred to the Specialist Court, arguing that he was killed because of his work as a journalist.
*The Specialist Court investigates crimes against humanity, terrorism, kidnapping, torture, forced exile, money laundering, genocide, aggravated homicide, violations of international laws on human rights, and disappearances, among others.