|A mural on Calle 26 memorializes assassinated radio comedian Jaime Garzón.|
|Jaime Garzón and his duck.|
Jaime Garzón was a popular radio comic and critic of the wealthy and powerful. In his youth, he had been a radical leftist and briefly a member of the ELN guerrillas. Before his contract-style killing, committed by a motorcyclist one morning in Bogotá's Quinta Paredes neighborhood, Garzón had been advocating peace negotiations between the ELN guerrillas and the government.
So, many signs pointed to right-wing forces, altho some speculated that the rival FARC guerrilla group could be behind the killing.
But, over the years, evidence including released U.S. documents has added evidence that the paramilitary and military paid to have Garzón killed. Paramilitary leader Carlos Castaño was charged for the murder, but he was killed by rival paramilitaries.
Yesterday's charges against Col. Jorge Plazas, who is on the lam, might finally mean that one of the conspirators in one of Colombia's most notorious assassinations gets punished.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours