DAILY CATHOLIC     MON-TUES     December 7-8, 1998     vol. 9, no. 237

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          GUATEMALA CITY (CWNews.com) - The chief prosecutor investigating the murder of a Guatemala bishop in April said on Thursday that he would resign from the case, but denied that he mishandled the case.

          Prosecutor Otto Ardon had been criticized by human rights groups and independent observers for not considering the possibility that paramilitary or military groups were behind the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi Conedera. The bishop was murdered two days after he released a report blaming the military for majority of the deaths in the country's 36-year civil war.

          Ardon had originally charged a homeless man in the murder of the bishop, who was bludgeoned to death in the garage of his home. Later, Ardon arrested a Father Mario Orantes who lived in the same house as the bishop, and said he believed the priest's dog had bitten the bishop at his command. A later autopsy revealed no dog bites.

          Chief Prosecutor Adolfo Gonzalez, told reporters he would not accept Ardon's resignation until the prosecutor explained more fully why he was abandoning the case. Father Orantes remains in jail awaiting trial.

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December 7-8, 1998       volume 9, no. 237


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