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Paraguay delays criminal case in land killings

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The prosecutor says he has no physical evidence showing who killed six police officers during a land dispute that prompted the downfall of Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

He says he didn't even try to determine who killed 11 farmworkers who also died when the bullets started flying.

Even so, Jalil Rachid concluded that 10 peasants who survived the fusillade should be charged with attempted homicide, and punished by up to 25 years in prison.

He's also seeking lesser charges against four other people.

"It's obvious that the farmworkers ambushed the police," said Rachid, who spent six months investigating the clash.

But peasants and their supporters say that the prosecutor led a one-sided investigation, and that both he and Judge Jose Benitez have blatant conflicts of interest.


Read the full story: Yahoo! News

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