3 July 2008


Guayaquil radio journalist was apparently killed for personal reasons

Incident details

Raúl Rodríguez



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(RSF/IFEX) - Raúl Rodríguez, deputy head of news on Radio Sucre, was apparently murdered for personal reasons and not in connection with his work, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, Antonio Galiardo, told Agence France-Presse on 27 June 2008. He said the journalist's mistress, Luz Rivera, was believed to have paid a hit-man US$4,500 to kill him and steal his money. The hired killer was reportedly Johnny Jimmy Medina, arrested on 26 June. He was found to have a bullet wound that appeared to confirm his involvement in the exchange of fire in which Rodríguez died on 23 June, close to Rivera's home. A total of seven people have so far been arrested and charged in connection with the investigation.

Updates the Rodríguez case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/94780


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