Colombian national prosecutor to investigate ‘suicide’ of Angélica Bello


Colombia´s national prosecutor has announced it will investigate the purported suicide of a national women´s rights champion.

The national prosecutor´s office announced Monday an autopsy will be performed on the body of Angélica Bello to determine whether there is evidence of gun powder on one of her hands.

Bello was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head on Feb. 16. The fatal shot was from a gun which belonged to a bodyguard hired to protect Bello from threats.

More doubts about her death were expressed today when Angélica´s daughter Paola Bello told national radio station RCN she doesn´t believe her mother took her own life. Paola said her mother had shown no sign of wanting to end her life.

Despite being twice displaced by political violence, being sexually assaulted and having her own children kidnapped by paramilitaries, Angélica Bello battled fiercely for the rights of others, especially women who suffer politically motivated sexual violence. (‘Suicide’ of human rights defender Angélica Bello doubted by many.)

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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

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