Lawyer Murdered for Fighting Corruption – Call for Justice Now
“If you are watching this message, it is because I, Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, was assassinated by the presidential private secretary Gustavo Alejos…with the approval of President Alvaro Colom.”
So the Guatemalan lawyer calmly stated in a video distributed to local media after he was indeed killed on May 10th by unidentified assailants. Rosenberg points his finger at Guatemala’s president and secretary because he represented businessman Khalil Musa who was killed along with his daughter Marjorie for refusing to participate in government corruption.
His niece Mariela Rosenberg told CNN en Español that her uncle had accepted his death. “He had many threats, and when he saw it was inevitable, he taped a video.”
Almost immediately after the video’s release, thousands of Guatemalans organized protests calling for justice. Some even set up a website called FueraColom.com, calling for the president’s impeachment. Colom supporters also took to the streets to defend their leader. Fortunately demonstrations by both sides were peaceful.
President Colom has denied any role in the assasination, and has even welcomed the United States’ FBI and the U.N.-led International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) to investigate the murder.
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