Judge Assassinated in Medellin
News from Colombia |
on: Wednesday, 25 July 2012
On 19th July 2012, Jorge Alberto Restrepo Gonzalez, a municipal judge in Medellin was shot and killed by motorbike-riding assassins. His son, who was driving the vehicle, was seriously wounded. Mr Restrepo was due to retire this year after 39 years of work. Local police have, as is often the case, rejected a political motive assuming that the killing was the result of an attempted robbery.
This is the latest in a series of attacks on members of the judiciary, who have repeatedly protested that they have nothing to do with the armed conflict suffered by the country. According to ASONAL Judicial, the judicial workers’ union, these killings have met with “indifference and inaction” by the government and the top levels of the judiciary.
In their statement ASONAL judicial declares that “once again we raise our voice to energetically protest an atrocious crime, demanding prompt and serious investigation that allows for those responsible for this grave assault on the administration of justice to be brought to book.”