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Suspect in radio journalist's murder arrested, released and then re-arrested

(RSF/IFEX) - Germán David Almendárez Amador was arrested for the second time on 28 October 2007 on suspicion of fatally shooting journalist and comedian Carlos Salgado of Radio Cadena Voces on 18 October. Aged 29, Almendárez had been arrested two days earlier, but was released a few hours later for lack of evidence.

A 9 mm pistol believed to be the murder weapon was found in one of Almendárez's homes. After he was arrested the first time, the Judicial Office for Common Crimes (Fiscalía de Delitos Comunes) ordered his release on the grounds that the documentary evidence submitted by the police was imprecise and insufficient, and had been altered.

This decision was strongly criticised by the police and the public prosecutor's office, which ordered an investigation into the procedure followed by the Attorney General. According to police records, Almendárez committed two crimes in 2002.

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