Guatemala: In YouTube Video Shot Before His Death, Attorney Blames President for His Assasination


38 Responses to “Guatemala: In YouTube Video Shot Before His Death, Attorney Blames President for His Assasination”

  1. Anonymous says:

    For some reason the video just was banned at Facebook, this is the history of what is happening in many countries south of ours.
    Our goverment should make a strong statement.
    This is really sad.

  2. Anonymous says:

    As an American with my family coming from Guatemala, I can tell you that Guatemala deserves much better than these murderes! It’s unfortunate that these events had to happen before everyone takes notice. A true Guatemalan (like the victims)is honest, hard working, and family oriented. It’s unfortunate that the bottom of the social pool is running this country. Fortunately the good citizens outnumbers the bad ones. I hope these clowns will get what they deserve. May the good citizens of this country take over for a better tomorrow. VIVA GUATE!

  3. gulo gulo says:

    i was going to a meeting today about guatemala anyway, before this was released.
    more fuel for the social justice fire i guess

  4. Anonymous says:



  5. Anonymous says:

    Having recently traveled to Guatemala, I will tell you that it is a beautiful and wondrous place, with some of the genuinely nicest people I’ve ever run across. THEY DESERVE BETTER.

  6. Xeni Jardin says:

    Anonymous #12, would you contact me off-blog please? xeni at xeni dot net.

  7. samir says:

    To all the truth lovers in Guatemala, you and only you can stop these sensless kiliings and free your govt. from being hostage to thugs.
    The people of the country where Khalil Musa came from has shown resolve through “Cedars Revolution” to change things and you can too. Do not depend on the Americans to change things for you. They only do it if it serves their interest.They fight for democracy and human rights when it suits them and fits their size.

    As for Khalil he was once asked which he loved more Lebanon or Guatemala ? his answer was Guatemela did lots of good things for me and Lebanon did not. I wonder what he says now!

    As for the Lawyer, do not let his blood go in vain.
    God bless Khalil,Marjorie and Roseinberg.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is the harsh reality of guatemala. anyone that would want to stand up agains this can just be killed, without question. almost all murder in guatemala goes without investigation and that´s why narcos and corupt politicians can get away with doing whatever they want. its a very scary thing we have to deal with here, and even though i know colom will never be put in jail, we can only hope that he does not continue being president, BUT, knowing the way things are here, it´s very possible that he keeps his post. just look at rios montt.

  9. Marchhare says:

    Send it around. Drive up the hits.

  10. miguelveronos says:

    Rodrigo Rosenberg was a true patriot clearly a man with integrity. Let not the unselfish giving of his life for what is right be forgotten! God save Guat!

    Those of you in the USA don’t think this can’t happen to you! If you take a close look at what’s been going down for some while now you’d have to admit your government is being run by a bunch of crooks, thieves, murderers, whore’s that sell themselves and the citizens of that great country for dollars. There even stealing the citizens freedom a little at a time. Who’s going to stop them?

  11. arborman says:

    What a shame.

    If the Guatemalan people do actually take action, anyone want to lay bets on whether Obama follows the traditional US model of interference?

  12. Anonymous says:

    As a Guatemalan, I am not only grieving the loss of another good civilian who gave his life, literally, so no more cases like these would go unnoticed. We will do everything in our “civilian” power so the evil (I have other words, but wouldn’t be appropriate here) garbage we have for a government to have them resign. “By reason, or by force” a Chilean once said, we only wish we could do that here… For the people who doubt the video and written documents he left, he was a lawyer for God sakes, and a very good one! He knew what he was doing, and knew the risk he would be in if involved in defending this case. Still, he prepared all material that could be used as evidence in case he got killed. That to me, is a hero…

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is pure state terrorism. The president of Guatemala and all their accomplices shall be judged and immediately leave his charge. Assassins can not represent anybody.

  14. mdh says:

    If the Guatemalan people do actually take action, anyone want to lay bets on whether Obama follows the traditional US model of interference?

    You first.

    Show us the POV that spawns such a question.

  15. Anonymous says:

    A UN investigation has found that Rosenberg hired his own killers.

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is just plain outrageously low human nature! The guatemalan government, once again, in senseless killings of its People. And the People are to come together now, to cry outloud and ask for the international community for help! This crime is only one more despicable act for which ‘no one is responsible’! I ask President Obama to help out the People of Guatemala!

  17. Anonymous says:

    poster nr 21, you say “for some reason the video was banned from facebook”
    the reason is obvious, facebook is a fascist pile of shit, they ban everything that is slightly controversial and they piss on your privacy.
    STOP USING FACEBOOK goddamnit!!
    the people from poor countries have to hight corruption and assasinations,
    but let’s not forget that we who leave in the more developed countries have to fight for our freedom, we are closer and closer to the police state with no privacy whatsoever and no freedom of speech rights.
    and we happily accept it like morrons just because we are allowed to view “2 girls, 1 cup” on youtube and we think we are free.
    that’s not freedom, that’s circus in a totalitarian state.
    we will be free when facebook doesn´t ban this video, and when the mainstream press is not afraid to cover a story like this.

    go Guatemala!!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I was 1 hour ago on the manifestation in front of president Colom’s house. I’m from Guatemala and i can ashure you that the video tape is true, everyone here knows how corrupt the government is, this lawyer who is truly a hero was the first person with guts to say the truth, when I was in manifestation some people who were paid by the government went out into the manifestation in favor of the president, thats a lie to interfere with the truth we need independant reporters here that can take information objectively without interests or corruption!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Tuesday 12/may @ noon Protest in front of the Palacio Nacional, be there if you live in Guatemala City, we need to unite against this scourge of a government and demand Colom’s resignation.

  20. Anonymous says:

    It is important to understand that there is still no evidence to back Rosenberg’s claims. In addition, we must contemplate the fact that this could be a plot carried out by powerful drug lords in an an attempt to overthrow Colom because of his increasingly stronger stance on organized crime.

    I would also not rule out the United State’s involvement in this attempt to overthrow Colon given his “socialistic” endeavors of providing a pension to Guatemala’s elderly citizens and his attempts to reduce poverty. Also, one cannot ignore Guatemala’s increasingly beneficial relationships with countries like Cuba and Venezuela. To me, this smells like 1954 all over again.

  21. Anonymous says:

    This terrible crime is supported by U.S. military aid, both directly and under the guise of controlling the narcoindustrial complex. The Obama Administration must reverse the ramp-up of aid which Bush pushed for throughout his eight years.

    Hey, Barack, why don’t you apply the same standards to Guatemala that you do to Cuba? If you did, there would be no NO aid. Hell, there wouldn’t even be an embassy or legal travel…

  22. DWittSF says:

    Well, Guatemala signed on to CAFTA, so in the eyes of the U$ govt. they’re all good now.

  23. Anonymous says:

    ……Gabriel García Márquez wrote ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’ which is an analysis of passion within the Latin American culture. With fantasy, the novel portrays our intimate reality, and one is reminded that, “If the past is forgotten, the future will not be remembered.”
    ……When a Latin American assumes a presidency of a country, he seems to feel the greased finger of god, and he, also, begins to feel as a loved personal friend with divine rights. Watching Mr. Colom before the cameras, gesturing nervously and backed by his phalange of sweaty rumpled henchmen, the only thing missing were the tattoos and the hand signs; but it’s all the same thing, these folks are simple cholos in neck ties. With the voice cracking under his peculiar speech impediment, he portrayed a frighten mechanical Pinocchio. One can only wonder about his estate of mind, does he think he can make up the truth as he goes along by divine presidential right, or is he truly confused in the belief that at least the very ignorant and the stupid should believe in him?
    .……The reality is that violence and political assassinations are natural death causes, however, for religious and philosophical conditions the public does not wish to accept it. That is not to say that it should not be avoided. But generally the weaker the government the more they make use of the technique; but, for Latin America, historically the practice became the norm with the Holly Inquisition and it stands, still without qualms. In this remarkable case, Mr. Rosenberg has played a masterful move check mating President Pinocchio and his government by anticipating the eminent end accurately, and planting an unprecedented political time bomb.
    .……Mr. Rosenberg has left to the world the collateral benefit of the ‘Rosenberg Maneuver’ that will be seen employed for evermore. – Pacimo
    …… “A death in the family is a personal tragedy; anyone else’s… just a statistic.” Words to that effect were spoken by Joseph Stalin. Yet we can observe the same attitude everywhere, although no one verbalizes the very thought, the proof hangs on everyone’s soul demonstrated by inaction. In Guatemala there are political and mafia hits galore, and everyone think, “Oh good… that wasn’t me!” The complaints for the lack action from the government and prayers to the gods just don’t help, and the citizens don’t take action themselves; that’s cowardice!
    ……The conditions for the public are ripe for a general uprising against the present government, but truly, the present administration is not the basis of the problem; it’s many times deeper than that. The country is divided in three main ethnic layers of citizens. The majority are the Indians who themselves are divided into twenty-seven distinct languages with cultural differences of their own; the half breeds, ‘mestizos or ladinos’ who do not speak any of the local languages and do not have a basic education in Spanish, along with a small number who have achieved scholastically on various degrees; and then the elite made up of ‘criollos,’ the descendants of foreigners born in Guatemala. Ethnically the elite see themselves on a superior plane to everyone else, and realistically, they’re right because they are the wealthier and the better educated of all the rest, and from that accepted understanding there is a cast system that scales on down based on the concept of the ‘Buena Familia,’ the good family, which the elite are euphemistically called. Incidentally, one never sees women marrying men of a lower cast, but women will bear children from men of the upper casts out of wed lock. That’s a thumb nail view of the social structure of the country under which it operates. Having said all of that, because each group feels segregated to their own cubbyhole, a collective sense of patriotism will never truly develop due to their feelings of superiority and distrust for one another.
    ……The case of Mr. Rosenberg is not about him, really, and it’s not about a single casualty of the mafia groups that govern Guatemala; but it’s about a long, long string of murders that have been used to silence the law and the abuses of the governors over literally hundreds of years. This is nothing new, and nothing will come of it. Maybe these rascals will run away to Spain or even the USA to enjoy their winnings for the rest of their natural lives, but that will be about it. But Guatemala will be Guatemala and the mafias will remain in place laundering drug funds silencing their detractors as usual, the frustrated will get drunk and stay drunk, and the believers will forever pray to Señor Esquipulas and Maximón and light candles for nought.
    ……It’s easy for me to accept the reality of Guatemala, for it’s been exactly fifty years since I left as a young man, and although no longer belong, I still keep a joyful nostalgia for that distant fantasy. Pácimo

  24. Anonymous says:

    Please guatemala lets do something about it

  25. Anonymous says:

    I only hope and pray that Alvaro Colom is the first to be open to an investigation of these allegations. If he does not show transparency and does not encourage an investigation to prove that he is not guilty he will doom Guatemala and possibly even spurr another civil war. We cannot afford to go backwards we must move Guatemala forward.

    A.R. Antigua Guatemala

  26. Anonymous says:

    well, now are going to be more bus pilot murders in order to deviate attention, that’s the work of this lame goverment.

  27. Anonymous says:

    Transcript of the written document left behind by the lawyer [Rodrigo Rosenberg] before being shot to death:

    Rodrigo Rosenberg’s Declaration, prior to his death

    If you are reading this message, it means that I, Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, was murdered by the President’s Private Secretary Gustavo Alejos and his associate Gregorio Valdez, with the approval of mister Alvaro Colom and Sandra de Colom.

    The reason for which Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez have ordered my death, and for which the President of the Republic Alvaro Colom has approved it, is because until the day I was killed, I was the lawyer for two incredible Guatemalans, Mister Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie Musa, and knew exactly how Alvaro Colom, Sandra de Colom, Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez were responsible for this cowardly assassination, which I made known to them and to anyone who could and would hear me.

    I was a 47 year old Guatemalan, with 4 beautiful children, with the best brother one could ask in life, with wonderful friends, and with an overwhelming desire to live in my country, but I could not have lived with myself without rebelling, arming myself with valor and denouncing before all Guatemalans who have principles and values the real reasons for the deaths of Mister Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie Musa, without regarding the consequences, and understanding that my life was in danger, I wanted to leave behind this testimony, should something come to happen to me, as it unfortunately did.

    It was Alvaro Colom who, through Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez, asked for the collaboration of Mister Khalil Musa to form part, Ad honorem, of the board for Banrural, without Mister Khalil Musa being aware of the illegal, million-dollar business transactions taking place daily in Banrural, which range from money laundering to the deviation of public funds to non-existent programs belonging to the President’s wife, Sandra de Colom, as well as the funding of paper firms employed for drug-dealing.

    It was Alvaro Colom, in agreement with Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez, who withheld Mister Khalil Musa’s already signed appointment, without his knowledge, for over three months, for in reality they had no intention whatsoever of granting him this post, but were using his good name with the argument that if new quotas of power were not distributed, Mister Khalil would denounce the corruption with which Banrural’s General Manager Fernando Peña operates this bank at his whim, for the service of Mrs. Sandra de Colom, as an associate and financier with the funds of the bank and of the businesses owned by Gregorio Valdez and Gustavo Alejos, without the bank’s president, José Angel López, doing anything to stop Fernando Peña from turning Banrural into the dwelling for thieves, drugdealers and murderers which it is now.

    With the impunity with which Guatemalans in recent years have granted to thieves and murderers, José Angel López, Fernando Peña and the cowardly Gerardo de León directly threatened and intimidated Mister Khalil Musa a few weeks before his assassination, so that he’d give up his post and Mister Khalil Musa, as a true gentleman, told them he had no problem with his appointment being canceled, as it was Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez, in agreement with our most splendid President Alvaro Colom and his perennial shadow, Sandra de Colom.

    Mister Khalil Musa let Gustavo Alejos and Alvaro Colom know that he’s decided not to take part in the board of Banrural to avoid troubles, but they asked that he give them time, as all was getting resolved, without Mister Khalil Musa having the slightest idea that once the thieves and murderers had everything settled, they would kill him along with his daughter, Marjorie Musa (whose only crime was to be an exemplary daughter who always accompanied her father), as he’d served his purpose, without caring for anything or anyone and with the utter leisure of knowing that good Guatemalans would once more do absolutely nothing, justifying their inactivity in the impotence which always pervades us, or simply saying “Most likely, they were involved in something…”

    Boasting lack of moral principles or values and of the vaguest sense of shame, Gustavo Alejos, after trying to invent other theories who nobody accepted on the grounds of the moral virtue of the victims, personally told Mister Khalil Musa’s family that he’d regrettably been assassinated for the horrible problems which exist in Banrural, reaching the point that the very President Alvaro Colom invites one of Mister Khalil Musa’s political relatives to his office to confirm what’s been said by his Private Secretary.

    Now you can understand why neither Alvaro Colom and much less Gustavo Alejos publicly declared what they told to the family of Mister Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie Musa, and ordered the corrupt and incompetent Secretary of the Interior and the nonexistent Attorney General to let this assassination slide, as always occurs with the murders, thefts and violations which have thrust Guatemala into its darkest depths.

    Day by day this horrible story repeats itself and fills with grief one more of our Guatemalan families, while good Guatemalans decide to look the other way and pray it’s not our turn.

    It’s enough! Let’s rescue our country from thieves, murderers and drugdealers, and once united, let us reclaim our Guatemala, our values and our faith in justice, and let us kick out the current puppet we have for president, and let us imprison the thieves and murderers, starting with Gustavo Alejos, Gregorio Valdez, Fernando Peña and Gerardo de León, among others, and once and for all, let us demand the resignation of all the current members of Congress, all of who, with very few exceptions, are a bunch of thieves, and let us start all over again, for the love of God and our country.

    Surely the cowards will try to defend themselves by staining the memory of Mister Khalil Musa or his daughter Marjorie Musa, and will try to convince Guatemalans that this is all a new ploy, but in the end, the one and only truth that matters is that if you are reading this message, it’s because I, Rodrigo Rosenberg Marzano, was murdered by Gustavo Alejos and Gregorio Valdez, with the approval of Mister Alvaro colom and Sandra de Colom, for refusing to allow the vile and cowardly assassination of two incredible people like Mister Khalil Musa and his daughter Marjorie Musa to become another statistic, thus continuing to hand over my country to the killers, cowards, thieves and drugdealers who currently govern it.

    Rodrigo Rosenber Marzano

    I remind Mister Vicepresident of the Republic, Doctor Rafael Espada, that he who’s silent, yields, and that you are neither a thief nor a murderer, and should be the first one to head the movement to recover our Guatemala, and make the law be carried out with the help of all the good Guatemalans who support it without reserve.

  28. Anonymous says:

    there are new developments at

  29. Anonymous says:

    This is an important story and one deserving of lots of attention. But compelling as it is, the lawyer’s tape does not amount to proof of who killed him!

  30. Anonymous says:

    I think this is very good evidence, especially because Rosenberg left all the signed documents from Kalhil and his daughter. Also, he is a lawyer, so if someone can leave documents that hold up in court is him.

    Futhermore, Banrural is the biggest bank in Guatemala, notorious for money laundering and safekeeping drug money. The President and his wife have set up many a phantom company and charity to launder money for the Colom wife’s presidential campaign and other outrageous projects.

    It is sad that his death had to happen in order to bring things to light. I knew Rodrigo and his son personally, and I am deeply saddened by the events.

    Now, how can the Guatemalans get their murderer, drugdealer, thief and lame excuse for a president to resign?

  31. Anonymous says:

    As a Guatemalan, I can tell you that what has happen here is incomprehensible, and attrocious beyond reason. “Without Justice what would be of the countries but a bunch of thieves”

    We need a more direct involvement from the international community and the US Goverment. Guatemala has been struck in the last few months by a wave of brute and unhuman violence, murders and kidnappings amongs others. There is no justice, the entire system is flawed. People that murder other people walk in an out of the jails in a matter of hours or days. All the courts have been bought and serve not the citizens but a bunch of crooks, thieves and murders that pillage and rip this beautiful country into pieces!

    I want to mention very clearly that the wave of violence has also been fueled by the pressure that Mexico has put on drug trafficking (we are getting all the mexican Zetas and drugtraffickers from mexico), we need help from the US and the international community to fight against the drugdealers, mercenaries and gangs!

    There is no greater act of cowardy than to take an innocent’s man, here it happens by the dozen every day. People kill for a cellphone, for $10, for no reason. Everyone is armed to their teeth and you start hearing about murders carried out with assault weapons, granade launchers…

    Please, we beg the international community to open their eyes and help us bring all of the atrocities that are committed in this country every day into the open, in front of the eyes of the world.

    A perfect storm is building up in this country let me enlighten you (a) inept and corrupt government(b) street gangs (c) we are importing now drugdealers and mercenaries that are choking from the pressure that Mexico and Colombia are exerting and they are landing in our country (d) half of the population is armed… The population lives in a constant state of paranoia and is terrorized everyday!

    Nevertheless, I have hope in the youth of this country, in a generation that is different, that believes in change and in solidarity, that is angered and repugnated from all of this atrocities… better times will come, as most of us, the youth, share a common dream based on the very essence of democracy and freedom, you will see once this upcoming generation starts to take a stand!

  32. Anonymous says:

    this is the most blatant murder I’ve seen in my life. This is probably the most corrupt goverment in Latin America

  33. LeavingHalfway says:

    While this makes a great public spectacle, I doubt, should it ever make it to court, that it would make very good evidence.

    All of which, of course, has no bearing on whether any of it is true. I’m not sure which would be better, actually.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Please, people of the world stand up for the less fortunate.
    The lawyer put his country and people above all else. God bless the people that have been murdered, families that are torn and no longer have their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, etc…
    To all Canadians, please circulate this story! Perhaps with enough pressure from around the globe we can let Guatemala people know that they are not alone in their quest but rather that we all care for our fellow human beings.

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  36. Anonymous says:

    no words can explain…

  37. Grimnir says:

    Goddamn I love the internet.

    We can only hope this leads to revolution. Abuse of power like this should result in some appropriately severe consequences.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Courage like this is not often seen in our tawdry lives – we in the first world know nothing of what its like to live in the vice grip dictators and poverty. God bless this brave brave man. Sheila

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