Betrayed: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa

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Basic Books, Jan 3, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
Despite a note beside her body addressed to other "sons-of-bitch" human rights lawyers, the Mexican government ruled Digna Ochoa's violent death "probable suicide" and slammed the case shut in July 2003. But journalist Linda Diebel, a three-time recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award, will not let Ochoa's story die. Here is her chilling account of a cold-blooded murder and a cover-up that reaches into the top echelons of the Mexican government. Tracing Ochoa's extraordinary rise from the streets to become a champion of Mexico's most persecuted peoples, Diebel uncovers a byzantine plot surrounding Ochoa's death. From the corridors of presidential power, to the Vatican, to the jungles inhabited by Zapatistan rebels, Betrayed is a riveting exposé, a depiction of friendship and betrayal, a love story, and a testament to the Mexican people's continuing fight for truth and dignity.

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BETRAYED: The Assassination of Digna Ochoa

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First-rate reportage of a political murder that "wasn't supposed to happen in the Mexico of Vicente Fox." Digna Ochoa y Plácido, a 37-year-old attorney, had been feted by Hollywood stars and East ... Read full review

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Digna Ochoa, a Mexican human rights lawyer, died of a gunshot wound to the back of her head on October 19, 2001. The investigation into her death was reopened in 2005 after initially being ruled a ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Linda Diebel, multi-award-winning Canadian journalist, was Washington bureau chief for the Toronto Star and a long-time correspondent in Latin America, based in Mexico City. She is a winner of Canada's National Newspaper Award and three-time recipient of the Amnesty International Media Award for reports from Mexico, Haiti, and Columbia. She lives in Toronto.

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