Despite a note beside her body addressed to other"sons-of-bitch" human rights lawyers, the Mexican government ruledDigna Ochoa’s violent death "probable suicide" and slammed the caseshut in July 2003. But Linda Diebel, a three-time recipient of the AmnestyInternational Media Award, will not let Ochoa’s story die. Here is herchilling account of a cold-blooded murder and a cover-up that reaches into thetop echelons of the Mexican government.
Tracing Ochoa’s extraordinary rise from the streets to becomea champion of Mexico’s most persecuted peoples, Diebel uncovers a byzantineplot surrounding Ochoa’s death. From the corridors of presidential power, tothe Vatican, to jungles inhabited by Zapatistan rebels, Betrayed is ariveting exposé, a depiction of friendship and betrayal, a love story and atestament to the Mexican people’s continuing fight for truth and dignity.
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LINDA DIEBEL, a multi-award-winning Canadian journalist, wasWashington bureau chief for the Toronto Star and a long-timecorrespondent in Latin America, based in Mexico City. She is a winner of Canada’sNational Newspaper Award and a three time recipient of the Amnesty InternationalMedia Award for reports from Mexico, Haiti and Colombia. She lives in Toronto.From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. When, in 2001, the body of Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa was found shot in the leg and head, covered in starch and arranged beside a written death threat, her friends and colleagues had no doubt she had been murdered. Why, then, did the Mexican government pronounce Ochoa a suicide? Organized around this essential question, journalist Diebel's account of Ochoa's life and death assumes the appealing momentum of a whodunit, although there isn't much of a mystery: Ochoa's high-profile cases, especially on behalf of poor indigenous environmentalists, shamed the Mexican government and threatened its economic interests. For years Ochoa and her colleagues had been harassed, followed and even kidnapped, yet the authorities turned a blind eye—or, Diebel suggests, even colluded in the crimes. Ultimately, it is not the identity of the killer but the extent of the deceit around Ochoa's death that is the real center of Diebel's heartfelt story. And if Diebel overwhelms the reader with facts to support a foregone conclusion, her extensive interviews succeed in creating such a vivid picture of Ochoa—a former nun who won both a MacArthur "Genius" Award and Amnesty's Enduring Spirit Award—that the reader is as indignant as Diebel to learn the government portrays her as a narcissistic, moderately intelligent schizophrenic. In Diebel's fresh take, Ochoa is twice a victim: first of murder, then of character assassination. (Apr. 7)
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2005. Hardcover / Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First edition. Hardback. Late on a Friday afternoon in October 2001, lawyer Gerardo Gonzalez Pedraza climbed the stairs of 31-A Zacatecas Street, a seedy building in a rundown part of Mexico City. Nothing appeared amiss. But when he reached the first-floor offices that he shared with other human rights lawyers, Gerardo became the first witness to a crime that would stun the nation. Peering into the gloom, he could just make out a small figure lying against the far sofa. It was his distinguished and internationally recognised colleague, Digna Ochoa y Placido, dead from a bullet to her brain. Over the next week, everyone from President Vicente Fox to Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador would give their solemn word that, this time, the outcome of this crime would be different from the litany of unsolved assassinations in Mexico. Yet by July 2003, the case had been closed. The ruling? "Probable suicide." This is the author's chilling account of a cold-blooded murder and her conviction that a cover-up reaching into the top echelons of the Mexican government had occurred. Tracing Digna Ochoa's extraordinary rise from poverty to become a champion of Mexico's most persecuted peoples, the author takes us from the steamy state of Guerrero, to the Chiapas jungles inhabited by Zapatistan rebels. Illus., Epilogue, Chronology, Notes, Selected Bibliog. and Index. 514pp. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. With remainder mk. to lower edge o/w Vg+ in Vg+ dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage. Bookseller Inventory # 16117
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