Oaxaca: demand probe of Brad Will’s death

The family of independent US journalist Bradley Roland Will traveled to Mexico the week of March 19 to demand an impartial investigation of his death in Oaxaca on Oct. 27. The Oaxaca state attorney general, Rosa Lizbeth Caña Cadeza, has ruled that Will was shot dead by leftist protesters during a demonstration; she has freed two local government officials, Abel Santiago Zarate and Orlando Manuel Aguilar, who were arrested as suspects. The federal Special Prosecutor’s Office for Attention to Crimes Committed Against Journalists is now investigating the case, and the Will family was present for a reconstruction of the killing at the scene in Oaxaca. In a press conference in Mexico City on March 23, Howard Will, the journalist’s father, called the Oaxaca state investigation “partial and inept.” Craig Will, Brad Will’s brother, said if the Mexican government didn’t satisfy the family’s demand for justice, they would take the case to international bodies. (La Jornada, March 24)

From Weekly News Update on the Americas, April 1

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