October 16, 1980
Case: Irma Flaquer Azurdia
Editorial assistant at the newspaper La Nación in Guatemala City. She also held a number of public offices.
At 7:30 p.m. a number of men traveling in two vehicles intercepted the car in which she and her son Fernando were riding. Her son died in hospital from his gunshot wounds, while she was pushed into a station wagon that immediately fled the scene.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Suspects not charged: (+)
The murder was said to have been the result of a conspiracy among the top echelons of the military, police and government.
Three theories emerged: that it had been the Rebel Armed Forces guerrillas, Interior Minister Donaldo Alvarez Ruiz or the Army. The first two theories were discounted, although it is believed that the interior minister might have information as to the mastermind.
The IAPA insists that the Guatemalan government must continue the judicial investigations.
An amicable agreement was reached with the government in 2001 that consisted of compliance with 12 points, among them, moral and financial reparations to the family and the appointment of a special prosecutor to reopen the investigation.
On March 11, 1997 the IAPA submitted the case to the IACHR. Case No. 11.766.