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?

Cuba no Longer Suspended from the OAS (Organization of American States)

The foreign ministers participating in the 29th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) reached an agreement to rescind the suspension of Cuba that was approved in 1962.

Foreign Minister of Ecuador, Fander Falconí announced the decision. "It has been approved and by all the foreign ministers by consensus. This is very good news, reflecting the change in the times we are living in Latin America," said Falconi.

The Ecuadorian minister explained that "there is a consensus on a document that unconditionally eliminates the exclusion of Cuba that was enacted in 1962."

"Many of us were born at that time and what this generation is doing is basically amending history. Here we have a chance to build a different story," he added.

The decision was made in the evening after a special group appointed by the ministers had met for over six hours without reaching consensus.

The divergent positions were of those who were advocating a repeal of the suspension, without conditions, and those who proposed the mention of the need for Cuba to accept the commitments of democracy and human rights adopted by other members of the organization.