Human Rights Lawyer Murdered in Colombia

52-year-old Ricardo Alberto Sierra, was gunned down in the northwest city of Medellin. Ricardo was an attorney for militia victims.

From the Latin American Herald Tribune:

The lawyer was shot as he left his home in the company of his mother, girlfriend and several other loved ones, who escaped unhurt.

Sierra was part of a network of lawyers put together by the national ombud’s office to represent militia victims in cases arising under the Justice and Peace Law, which offers former paramilitaries lenient treatment in exchange for confessing to their crimes and offering some kind of restitution.

At the time of his death, Sierra was acting on behalf of victims of the Elmer Cardenas and Pacific blocs of the now ostensibly demobilized AUC militia federation, blamed for more than 20,000 killings over the course of two decades.

Colombia

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