June 22, 2002
Case: Efraín Alberto Varela
Editor and owner of radio station Meridiano 70, Arauca, Antioquia.
As he traveled in Arauca in a car displaying the radio’s logo he was intercepted by a group of armed men, who ordered him out of the vehicle and shot him twice in the back and neck. Two weeks earlier his name had appeared on a list of people declared to be “military objectives” by the paramilitary group United Self-Defenses of Colombia (AUC).
On January 31, 2007 Andrés Darío Cervantes Montoya (Chiqui) a paramilitary, was sentenced by the Arauca Specialized Court to 13 years and 5 months in prison as perpetrator and ordered to pay a fine of 300 minimum weekly wages.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Andrés Darío Cervantes Montoya
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Suspects not charged: (+)
Andrés Darío Cervantes Montoya, who had been convicted of other crimes, confessed to having participated in the murder of the journalist during testimony to a judge of the Justice and Peace Division of the Attorney General’s Office. He claimed he had been carrying out orders from paramilitary chief Félix Cruz Bata.