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Suspected murderer of journalist captured

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 26 June 2008, officers of the Institute for Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas, CICPC) arrested Isaac Mollera Zárraga, the alleged murderer of journalist Javier García, who was found dead in his flat in Caracas on 15 June.

García, who was the host of RCTV Internacional television station's "El Observador" news programme, died after being stabbed in the chest and leg.

According to CICPC director Marcos Chávez, Mollera was arrested in a Caracas hotel after the police received several telephone tips on his whereabouts. A few hours before the arrest, a number of media had broadcast a message from the CICPC with the description of the suspect.

Chávez said the suspect had known the journalist for eight months. The CICPC will continue to examine the evidence found in the journalist's flat to determine if Mollera was indeed García's murderer.

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