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Journalist Gunned Down in Colombia

BOGOTA – An investigative reporter who has testified in court against politicians accused of ties to murderous right-wing militias was murdered in the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia, authorities said Friday.

Assailants shot Luis Eduardo Gomez late Thursday near his home in Arboletes.

As the journalist did not report receiving any threats, local authorities implemented no special measures for his protection, Arboletes city clerk Esteban Rebolledo told the media in Medellin, the provincial capital.

The 70-year-old Gomez, an independent reporter, testified in several cases involving Antioquia politicos accused of collusion with the Elmer Cardenas Bloc of the now-defunct AUC paramilitary federation.

Another witness in those cases, community leader Vicente Botero, was slain in Arboletes earlier this week.

Scores of former and current officeholders have been indicted for militia links as part of what is known in Colombia as the “parapolitica” scandal.

Nationwide, four witnesses in parapolitica cases have been murdered and five others have gone missing during the last eight months, according to Bogota daily El Tiempo. EFE
 

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