Ferney Tapasco, the Colombian politician acquitted last week of the 2002 murder of a prominent journalist, has been released from prison, officials said.
A judge decided last Tuesday to acquit Tapasco of the murder of journalist Orlando Sierra, who was deputy editor of the La Patria newspaper.
The politician was released from prison on Friday night, the bureau of prisons said.
The case against Tapasco "was politically motivated and aimed at discrediting the accused, knowing that he was the first person who would be suspected, and that is what happened," Judge Carlos Eduardo Gonzalez said in his ruling.
The Attorney General's Office said Thursday it would appeal the judge's ruling.
The judge in Pereira, capital of the central province of Risaralda, said prosecutors did not present evidence definitively linking Tapasco to the slaying of Sierra.
The acquittal will be appealed to the Pereira Superior Court, the AG's office said, insisting that it has plenty of documentary evidence and testimony illustrating Tapasco's role in the murder.
Officials must comply with the judge's ruling, but there must be justice in the case since "it was an incident condemned because he was a journalist who was a critic and a very important journalist," Justice Minister Alfonso Gomez said.
Two gunmen accosted Sierra on Jan. 30, 2002, as he was leaving the offices of La Patria with his young daughter. The attackers shot the journalist multiple times.
Luis Arley Ortiz Orozco and Francisco Antonio Quintero have each been sentenced to 28 years in prison for their part in the crime.
Tapasco, who had been behind bars since 2010, was being held at Bogota's La Picota prison. EFE