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Report: Guatemalan Lawyer Hired Hitmen to Kill Himself, Accused Prez

Posted Jan 13, 2010 7:36 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Harvard-educated Guatemalan lawyer who left a videotape blaming the country’s president if he is found dead was responsible for his own murder, according to United Nations investigators.

The special international group investigating the murder of Rodrigo Rosenberg found that he hired hitmen to kill himself, according to the Washington Post, the Associated Press and CNN.

Rosenberg made a videotape four days before his death that was later posted on YouTube. "If you are hearing or seeing this message it's because I was assassinated by President Álvaro Colom,” along with the help of the others, the tape says. The recording also accuses the group of responsibility for the death of his girlfriend and her father, who was a client.

U.N. investigator Carlos Castresana told reporters that Rosenberg was distraught over the death of his girlfriend and thought the government was behind her death and that of her father. He was also upset by the recent death of his mother and was going through a divorce, CNN reports.

When planning his own murder, he bought two cell phones, using one to talk to his killers and one to place threatening calls to his personal phone, Castresana said. He also told others at his law firm that he would be leaving the practice.

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