Opposition journalist shot dead in Venezuela
Journalist and political activist Wilfred Iván Ojeda Peralta was found dead of a bullet wound to the head in the northern city of Revenga, Aragua, Reuters reported. Ojeda’s body was discovered Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
According to the Associated Press and Agencia de Noticias de Venezuela, the police have yet to establish a motive for the crime, but they suspect that it could have been a hired killing.
The journalist was a leader of the opposition Democratic Action (AD) political party in Aragua state and a columnist for El Clarín newspaper, where he wrote pieces generally critical of the government.
El Aragüeño reports that Ojeda may have been captured by his eventual killers in the nearby city of La Victoria. “It appears that is where they tied his hands and put a hood over his head, to later kill him in an undisclosed location,” the newspaper explained.
The journalist had spoken the previous afternoon with his family and did not appear “to be worried or under duress,” said Ruth Ojeda, his daughter, quoted by El Periodiquito.
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