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Lawyer threatens to beat journalist in Santa Marta

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 5 September 2007, the president of the Santa Marta Lawyers' Association, Alfredo Salomón Calvano, threatened to beat Radio Galeón journalist Idinael Fernández Caballero. The threat was in response to a report broadcast by Fernández a day earlier stating that the lawyer is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing his daughters. The city of Santa Marta is located in northern Colombia.

Fernández reported that the case is before the Santa Marta First Circuit Court. According to the journalist, the news annoyed Calvano, who came to the station to complain, accompanied by three unidentified individuals.

On 7 September, Fernández filed a complaint with Major Jorge Luis Urquijo, head of the Judicial Police Department (Seccional de Policía Judicial).

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