July 3, 1991
Case: Víctor Manuel Oropeza
Reporter and columnist for Diario de Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Homeopathic doctor.
He was at his doctor’s office at around 7:30 p.m. when two of four men who were in the waiting room entered the office. After he struggled with the intruders they stabbed him 14 times in the stomach. His body was found at midnight by his wife and a son.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Marco Arturo Salas Sánchez and Sergio Aguirre Torres were detained as murder suspects. They were freed in February 1992 after the Mexican National Human Rights Commission claimed that they had confessed under torture.
Samuel de la Rosa Reyes, also an alleged murderer, as of December 2007 remained in jail in Texas for a different homicide.
Suspects not charged: (+)
As part of the negotiations between the IAPA and Mexican authorities, a proposal for compensatory damages in the case was requested.
As of November 2007 five meetings of the Working Group had been held to review the case file.
In March 2004 the IAPA and the Mexican government signed a follow-up commitment to review the case.
On March 11, 1997 the IAPA submitted the case to the IACHR. Case No. 11.740.