The Colombian Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that it will appeal a judge’s decision to acquit politician Ferney Tapasco of the 2002 murder of a prominent journalist.
A court in Pereira, capital of the central province of Risaralda, said prosecutors did not present evidence definitively linking Tapasco to the slaying of Orlando Sierra Hernandez, deputy editor of Manizales daily La Patria.
The acquittal will be appealed to the Pereira Superior Court, the AG’s office said, insisting that it has plenty of documentary evidence and testimony illustrating Tapasco’s role in the murder.
Two gunmen accosted Sierra on Jan. 30, 2002, as he was leaving the offices of La Patria with his young daughter. The attackers shot the journalist multiple times.
Luis Arley Ortiz Orozco and Francisco Antonio Quintero have each been sentenced to 28 years in prison for their part in the crime.
Tapasco, behind bars since 2010, was expected to be released from Bogota’s La Picota prison sometime on Thursday.