Former member of armed forces sentenced to 16 years in prison for his role in raid on publisher's home
However, the court acquitted the other defendant, former soldier Belter Álvarez, for lack of evidence. "It's frustrating because a protected witness and I identified both defendants," Zamora said. "I don't understand this verdict. If one [person] was convicted, the other one should have been as well."
A group of 11 heavily armed men took part in the 24 June 2003 raid on Zamora's home. They threatened the publisher and his family for a period of three hours. On 20 January 2004, Zamora announced that he had identified four of the assailants with the police's help and as a result of investigations conducted by his newspaper. All four of the suspects, including the two defendants at the trial, were members of the presidential guard, a now-disbanded elite military intelligence unit reportedly involved in a number of human rights violations during the 1960-1996 civil war in Guatemala.