November 9, 2001
Case: María José Bravo
Correspondent of newspaper La Prensa and Hoy, Juigalpa, Chontales.
As he was reporting on and conversing with members of the two political parties contesting the results of municipal elections a man approached him and shot him. Right away a former local mayor who previously had criticized the journalist was arrested.
On January 26, 2005 Eugenio Hernández González, a former mayor, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
Eugenio Hernández González
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Suspects not charged: (+)
In March 2008 the Supreme Court Criminal Bench discussed the prisioner’s appeal. The debate gave rise to a strong when the newspaper La Prensa reported that for political reasons a ruling was being hatched that would be to the benefit of the accused. Presumably there was an intention to reduce the charge from murder to manslaughter, which would carry a lighter sentence and lead to his early release The court’s presiding judge, Armengol Cuadra, confirmed the report and suspended the sentence.