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INTERPOL asked to capture individual accused of planning journalist Orel Sambrano's murder

(IPYS/IFEX) - On 12 March 2009, Venezuela's Public Prosecutor's Office asked the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to capture Walid Makled. The Department of Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations has accused Makled of being the mastermind behind the murder of journalist and lawyer Orel Sambrano, which took place in January in Valencia, Carabobo state, in central Venezuela.

According to the police, Makled and a former Carabobo police officer, Rafael Segundo Pérez Martínez, who has been in prison since 16 February, created a plan to kill Sambrano after he denounced in his articles the alleged illegal activities carried out by the Makled family and its links to drug trafficking.

Updates the Sambrano case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/101157

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