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Detained suspects confess to killing radio journalist for cash he was carrying

(RSF/IFEX) - The two people who were arrested for the 14 June 2007 murder of radio journalist Garrid Muñoz Tello - army sergeant Albeiro Otálvaro and army civilian employee Fanny Estela Lozano - reportedly confessed on 17 June to killing him in order to rob the large sum of cash he was carrying. They shot him to death when he was in transit in a car near Villavicencio, capital of Meta department, in central Colombia. The two suspects were captured the same day.

Muñoz Tello, the founder of Arauca-based radio station La Voz del Cinaruco, travelled to Bogotá on 13 June to collect the equivalent of 80,000 euros from another army sergeant. He met Otálvaro and Lozano while in Bogotá and travelled with them to Villavicencio, where they rented the motel room in which Muñoz's body was found.

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