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Court: Colombian authorities guilty of negligence in kidnapping a journalist in 2000

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Colombian authorities have been convicted by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights over the oversights in the case of the kidnapped, tortured and repeatedly raped journalist Jineth Bedoyi. The judges ordered the Colombian authorities to punish those responsible for kidnapping the journalist, as well as to financially support a social project developed by Bedoya, which aims to protect women from sexual aggression.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (MTPC), based in San Jose, Costa Rica, ruled that despite the journalist reporting to Colombian law enforcement authorities, the woman did not receive adequate protection from her country’s authorities.

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Colombian authorities have been convicted of oversights in the case of journalist Jineth Bedoya CARLOS ORTEGA / PAP / EPA

MTPC judges found the Colombian authorities guilty of negligence also during the investigation into the abduction of Bedoya, then a 26-year-old journalist for the newspaper “El Espectador”. They indicated that the kidnapping of the woman would not have happened “without the involvement” of some state officials.

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The kidnapping of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoyi

On May 25, 2000, Bedoya was lured by a paramilitary group to a prison in Bogota, where she allegedly was to interview one of the inmates for arms smuggling.

On May 25, 2000, Bedoya was lured by a paramilitary group to the vicinity of the prison in BogotaCARLOS ORTEGA / PAP / EPA

Meanwhile, in front of the prison gate, she was overpowered and taken by car to an unknown destination. After 10 hours of torture and rape, she was abandoned naked on one of the roads in the metropolitan area.

In Monday’s ruling, the MTPC ordered the Colombian authorities to punish those responsible for kidnapping the journalist, and to financially support a social project developed by Bedoya, which aims to protect women from sexual aggression.

Colombian President Ivan Duque wrote in a statement published on social media that his country would fulfill the MTPC ruling.

Main photo source: CARLOS ORTEGA / PAP / EPA



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