|Guatemala||WITNESS IN BISHOP GERARDI MURDER CASE FORCED TO FLEE COUNTRY|
Another witness in the murder case of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera of Guatemala City has been forced to flee the country for her safety. |
Juana del Carmen Sandoval, described as a "surprise" prosecution witness, left Guatemala last Tuesday evening, having received repeated death threats, Leopoldo Zeissing, public prosecutor in charge of the case, told reporters.
"It is a shame that these things occur in Guatemala, but we decided that the witness should leave (the country) for fear of an attack on her life," he said said on Wednesday.
He complained that the "slowness" with which the case is being pursued in the courts was another reason for the witness to decide not to testify.
|7 Aug 00|