DAILY CATHOLIC    TUESDAY     August 31, 1999     vol. 10, no. 164

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DNA MATCHED TO SUSPECTS IN GUATEMALA BISHOP KILLING

          GUATEMALA CITY (CWNews.com) - The chief prosecutor in the murder of a Catholic bishop in 1998 said on Friday that DNA from blood found at the scene matches DNA taken from unnamed suspects.

        Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera was bludgeoned outside his home on April 26, 1998, two days after releasing a report that blamed the military for the majority of deaths during the country's 36-year civil war. Despite accusations against the military by Catholic leaders and human rights groups, the original prosecutor in the case arrested and charged a priest who lived with the bishop at the time.

        Current prosecutor Celvin Galindo declined to name the suspect who matched the DNA, but the suspect list includes several soldiers and civilians. Final results of the tests conducted by the US' FBI in Washington, DC, will be released in two weeks, he said. Meanwhile, church officials announced that a former army employee had testified that a car seen leaving the area near the murder scene was a military vehicle.


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August 31, 1999       volume 10, no. 164
NEWS & VIEWS

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