Arrest warrant issued for mayor and former court official accused of journalist's murder
Édgar Padilla Vásquez, the judge who presides over the court, changed a previously issued order that the accused appear before the court into an arrest warrant. The change was made due to, among other things, a statement by Lito Fasabi Pizango, material author of the crime, who assured the court that Valdez and Ramírez had hired him to commit the murder. The local police have not determined the whereabouts of either man, although it is believed that Valdez may have checked into one of the town's hospitals.
Rivera was murdered on 20 April 2004 in his office in Pucallpa with two shots to the chest. The journalist had criticized Valdez's administration and accused him of being linked to drug traffickers. Rivera's murderers and the men who contacted them have already been convicted and sentenced.