To set the record straight January 13, 2010 11:11 AM   Subscribe

Last May I posted a link to a Time magazine article about the assassination of prominent Guatemalan lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg, carrying the allegations that President Alvaro Colom was behind the murder. A UN panel has concluded that the lawyer arranged for his own assassination.
posted by shothotbot to MetaFilter-Related at 11:11 AM (23 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

I'm pretty sure this was the plot to Fletch.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:12 AM on January 13, 2010 [2 favorites]


Good grief. How amazingly calculating and malignant.
posted by bearwife at 11:17 AM on January 13, 2010


Why would anyone do that? Seriously, I'm curious: what's the motivation there?
posted by anotherpanacea at 11:22 AM on January 13, 2010


Heh, good writing AP:

The lawyer, Rodrigo Rosenberg, contacted cousins of his first wife saying he needed a hired killer to deal with an extortionist, but he really wanted them to kill him.
posted by smackfu at 11:22 AM on January 13, 2010


I assume it was to bring down the president.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:22 AM on January 13, 2010


wat
posted by beerbajay at 11:24 AM on January 13, 2010


Why would anyone do that? Seriously, I'm curious: what's the motivation there?
It looks like the report is in Spanish on the CICIG website I linked to above. Maybe they have more information than the AP report.
posted by shothotbot at 11:25 AM on January 13, 2010


Ummm...so is there a strong possibility that:
1. the UN panel did a horrible investigation.
or
2. the UN panel has motive to assasinate the character of Rosenberg.
posted by hal_c_on at 11:31 AM on January 13, 2010


2. the UN panel has motive to assasinate the character of Rosenberg.

Or maybe Rosenberg arranged for this conclusion to assassinate his own character.
posted by DU at 11:33 AM on January 13, 2010 [18 favorites]


Why would anyone do that? Seriously, I'm curious: what's the motivation there?

According to the report, aside from his feelings of frustration at the lack of justice and personal responsibility for the Musa killings, he'd also just lost his mother to a long, debilitating illness. Also his second marriage was ending with the loss of custody of his young children who were leaving to live in Mexico.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:36 AM on January 13, 2010


Shades of Borges' "Theme Of The Traitor And The Hero" (which I can't find the text of online, but here's a reading of the story on YouTube, of all places.)
posted by Ian A.T. at 11:41 AM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Also according to the report, in his last days, the lawyer took to speaking in a halting awkward faux-rap and wearing a silly hat. Also hanging out with Halle Berry.
posted by Plutor at 12:10 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Who did what to the which now?

Rosenberg and Guildersnap are dead. No word on Hamlet.
posted by Babblesort at 12:13 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


You've got it all wrong.

Hamlet gave Rosenberg a letter that he was to carry to England, the contents of which instructed the English court to assassinate our hapless lawyer.
posted by The White Hat at 12:17 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


"Consumer Recreation Services." Well, I do have golf clubs.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 12:51 PM on January 13, 2010


Impeachment by suicide.

WTF.
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:34 PM on January 13, 2010


..."said a special international group commissioned by the government. "
posted by minimii at 4:56 PM on January 13, 2010


Looks like our lawyer, paid his own fees.
*puts on sunglasses*
posted by water bear at 5:23 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


YYYYEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!
posted by graventy at 8:29 PM on January 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Sorry. Always wanted to do that.

On the car ride back from Christmas my sister and I discussed various complicated plans for suicide/murder framings. I think it came up because of that CSI where the woman kills herself with toothpaste, or is forced to kill herself with toothpaste, or something.

We never thought of pinning our deaths on a world leader.
posted by graventy at 8:31 PM on January 13, 2010


Heck, if I could have taken down George W. Bush in, say, 2002 or 2003 by offing myself, I would have seriously considered it as the best thing I could do with my life for humanity.
posted by fourcheesemac at 4:35 AM on January 14, 2010


RosenBURN.
posted by mintcake! at 8:00 AM on January 14, 2010


GuilderSNAP.
posted by mintcake! at 8:01 AM on January 14, 2010


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