Police in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca arrested a suspect in the 2006 murder of U.S. independent journalist Brad Will, officials said Wednesday.
The man in custody is Lenin Osorio Ortega, sources in the Oaxaca state Attorney General's Office told Efe.
Will was gunned down on Oct. 27, 2006, while reporting for the indymedia collective on an uprising in Oaxaca against then-Gov. Ulises Ruiz.
Video from Will's camera and photographs snapped by other journalists showed men subsequently identified as police officers and pro-Ruiz municipal officials firing guns in the direction of the American.
Despite the video and photos, Oaxaca's attorney general declined to bring charges against the cops and officials.
In late 2008, Mexican federal police arrested Juan Manuel Martinez, a member of the Popular Assembly of the People of Oaxaca, or APPO, the grassroots coalition that led the rebellion against Ruiz, and accused him of shooting Will.
Martinez was freed 16 months later after a court concluded authorities had no evidence linking him to the murder and that his continued incarceration was "illegal."
The slain journalist's parents, who traveled to Mexico in October 2008 to demand justice for their son, condemned the arrest of Martinez, while Amnesty International said he was being "used as a scapegoat by the Mexican authorities to claim there has been progress in the investigation around Brad Will's death."
Osorio Ortega has no connection to APPO, Oaxaca Attorney General Manuel Jesus Lopez said Wednesday.
The Oaxaca conflict began in May 2006 with a teachers' strike.
The walkout's transformation into a movement to oust Ruiz occurred on June 14 of that year, when police used force to break up a sit-in by strikers in the main square of Oaxaca city.
Ruiz was a polarizing figure even before the clash with the teachers, as many accused him of rigging the 2004 election that brought him to power in the impoverished, largely Indian-populated state.
The uprising against the governor was crushed by thousands of federal police and troops in November 2006, but not before a score of 20 people - mostly Ruiz opponents - had been killed and the protests had caused millions of dollars in lost tourism revenue for picturesque Oaxaca city. EFE