| Sunday May 29th 2016

Guatemalan lawyer hires hitman to kill himself and frame president

“If you are watching this message it is because I have been murdered by (Guatemalan president) Alvaro Colom..,” says Rodrigo Rosenberg, a Guatemala City lawyer, in the video above. But now, in an incredibly twist, there is apparently evidence that Rosenberg wasn’t actually murdered by Colom. Rather, he was allegedly killed by a hitman that he hired himself as part of a bizarre sacrificial suicide to frame Colom. From The Guardian…

The 18-minute testimonial – which surfaced at the funeral – was uploaded to the internet and triggered a political hurricane in the central American country… A UN investigation has concluded the lawyer, depressed over personal problems and angry with the government, sacrificed his own life in an elaborate sting. “Who planned the act? We have to conclude that it was Rodrigo Rosenberg himself,” Carlos Castresana, head of the UN commission, told a stunned country . “He decided to sacrifice his life in exchange for a change in the country. There can be no other explanation.” In a news conference the president, who faced protests and resignation calls, said he had been vindicated and that the country could move on.In a plot twist worthy of Agatha Christie investigators said Rosenberg made the recording knowing that two days later, on May 10, assassins he had hired would ambush him near his home. He was shot three times in the head, once in the neck and once in the back. He apparently hoped the video would render him a martyr.

After the video surfaced the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, a UN panel set up to investigate crimes during Guatemala’s civil war, launched an investigation supported by local prosecutors.

It found that Rosenberg was distraught over an ugly divorce, the death of his mother and the murder of a client, Khalil Musa, and his daughter, Marjorie, who was Rosenberg’s girlfriend. The lawyer blamed government officials for the double slaying, which he linked to a money laundering plot.


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