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Lawyer killers sentenced to prison in Guatemala

07-17-2010 14:28 BJT

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A court in Guatemala has convicted and sentenced eight men to prison terms, for the death of a prominent lawyer. What makes the case highly unusual, however, is that the man apparently paid them in advance to kill him.

Rodrigo Rosenberg made a video before his murder, accusing the country's president of trying to kill him, to cover up a corruption scandal.

Public protests erupted after the death in 2009. But a United Nations investigation, sanctioned by the government, found that Rosenberg arranged his own murder, by hiring the hit men. Four of the accused were sentenced to between 38 years and 48 years on homicide and other charges.

The four others received eight-year sentences for illegal association. Investigators say Rosenberg may have been motivated by personal problems. But it is not yet clear what those problems may have been.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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