The Art of Political Murder

The Art of Political Murder

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On a Sunday night in 1998, Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala's leading human rights activist, was bludgeoned to death. Two days earlier, a Church-sponsored report had implicated Guatemala's government in the disappearances of 200, 000 civilians. The Church, feeling that it could not rely on the legal system, took the controversial decision to assemble a team of men, Los Intocables (The Untouchables), to take down Gerardi's killers. In a gripping reconstruction, worthy of Graham Greene, Francisco Goldman traces Los Intocables struggle with the Guatemalan authorities to reveal the true story, uncovering the involvement of youth gangs, political corruption and organised crime. Most of all, he tells the story of an extraordinary group of courageous people and their fight for justice.Five minutes later a phone call reported a a€œdieciocho, a€ meaning danger, a problem. ... When questioned, Aguilar MartAsnez also said that in the EMP motor pool there was a white Toyota Corolla like the one the taxi ... Aguilar MartAsnez had indeed been on duty on the night of April 26, 1998, he said, but not inside the EMP.

Title:The Art of Political Murder
Author:Francisco Goldman
Publisher:Atlantic Books Ltd - 2010-02-01


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