Saturday, June 6, 2009

Still No Trace of Rosenberg Documents

Investigators still do not know where the lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg left the documents mentioned in the video he recorded three days before his assassination. The video in which he incriminates a network of organized crime and accuses President Alvaro Colom and his wife, Gustavo Alejos, private secretary of the Presidency, two businessmen and two bankers, touched off a major controversy.

24 days after the murder of Rosenberg, the detectives dealing with the evidence that he allegedly left said: "It's like finding a needle in a haystack."

In the video, Rosenberg said that he has evidence of why the renowned businessman Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie were killed.

In the recording, he mentioned eight separate proofs to incriminate Colom, his wife, Sandra Torres, Alejos and businessman Gregorio Valdes.

Rosenberg also pointed to Jose Angel Lopez and Fernando Peña, senior executives of the Rural Development Bank (Banrural), Gerardo de Leon and, of Federation of Coffee Cooperatives of Guatemala.

"I am leaving the originals of what I'm saying so that it is not said, as has happened in other cases, that this is a conspiracy," said Rosenberg at the end of the recording.

The investigation has attempted to find the whereabouts of these documents but it is now known that they were not left with his family, or with the friends who recorded and distributed the video, nor are they at Rosenberg's business.

The big question therefore remains: where is or was the documentation mentioned in the video and who has it?


Mark said...

It's hard to believe that he went to the effort to record the video and would't have prepared these documents and given them to the journalist who assisted him or a fellow attorney.

ShutterSparks / KW2P said...

Exactly. It doesn't make sense that the video would exist but the paperwork can't be found.

Given the emphasis placed on the paperwork by Rosenberg in the video, he would certainly have made sure that the originals he mentioned and backup copies were around.

The lack of the supporting documents further supports what I have believed since the start of this, which is that Rosenberg was tricked into making the video by enemies of Colom. He was convinced by "friends" that there was a conspiracy to assassinate him, he was convinced to make the video by "friends", and once the video was made, his "friends" killed him and released the video. The whole thing could have been accomplished by a single person, a single "friend", who also generated the fake documentation to trick Rosenberg, and who afterwards made sure that the paperwork is now gone. If the paperwork did surface and was proven to be fraudulent, it would blow the whole plan.

The whole thing was a little bit too "convenient". The moment the video hit and I watched it, my instincts told me that Rosenberg was tricked. The ruse was designed to make as big a scandal as possible. And it succeeded.

My opinion is that Colom has been very difficult to attack on issues because he is living up to most of his promises (limited only by what the country is capable of economically) and he is not ripping off the country like most politicians do in Guatemala. His enemies are desperate and therefore willing to go so far as to kill someone in order to make some sort of dent in Colom's presidency, lest the people elect another left-leaning president.

Anyway, all of the above were my thoughts on the first day the scandal broke and I have yet to see anything that convinces me to think otherwise.

It would be nice to see some proof one way or the other. So far there is none. The only concrete facts we have are that Rosenberg made the video and that Rosenberg is dead. That's all we know for sure.

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