On June 3, 2009, Mexican Judge José Alberto Ciprés Sánchez
sentenced Hiram Oliveros Ortiz to 16 years in prison for the 2004 murder of
journalist Roberto Javier Mora García, editorial director of the Nuevo
Laredo-based daily El Mañana,
the paper reported. The following day, Oliveros' attorney
appealed the decision to the Supreme Court of the State of
On March 28, 2004, authorities charged Oliveros and Mario
Medina, Mora's neighbors and alleged lovers, with the journalist's murder, the
local press reported.
In June 2008, the Mexican Human Rights Commission (CNDH)
issued a report detailing several irregularities in the investigation. The CNDH
found that Oliveros and
Mora was a harsh critic of then-Governor of Tamaulipas Tomás Yarrington and of former state prosecutor Francisco Cayuela, El Mañana said in an editorial published after Oliveros' sentencing. Mora had also reported on corruption and drug trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border. Investigators, however, have not looked into Mora's journalism as possible motives for his killing.
Mora, 42, was stabbed 25 times in front of his