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Former police officer arrested on suspicion of participating in journalist Orel Zambrano's murder

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders hails the progress being made in the investigation into the January 2009 murder of journalist Orel Zambrano, the editor of the political weekly "ABC", in Valencia, in the central state of Carabobo. One of the two suspected killers, former Carabobo state police officer Rafael Segundo Pérez, was arrested on 17 February.

"We hope this arrest will enable the investigators to identify all those involved and the motive for the murder," Reporters Without Borders said.

Zambrano, who was also vice-president of the privately-owned Radio América 890 AM and a columnist for the regional daily "Notitarde", as well as being a lawyer, was gunned down on 16 January by two men on a motorcycle. He had recently covered several drug trafficking cases, including one involving the Makleds, an influential business family in the region.

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