Associated Press - February 14, 2012
BOGOTA, Columbia (AP) - Colombia's prosecutors office says two
Catholic priests hired hitmen to kill the priests themselves when
at least one of them was diagnosed with AIDS.
Maritza Gonzalez with the prosecutor's office said Tuesday that
priests Rafael Reatiga and Richard Piffano paid 15 million pesos
or about $8,500 for the hit. They were found shot to death dead
in January 2011 in a car in southern Bogota.
Gonzalez said the priests had planned to commit suicide by
throwing thesmelves off a cliff but couldn't bring themselves to
jump. She said medical tests showed 36-year-old Reatiga had AIDS.
Two of the four assassins have been arrested and appeared before
a judge in Bogota Tuesday for processing.