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Published Sep. 14, 2009

GUATEMALA CITY - Authorities in Guatemala arrested nine suspects Friday, including five police officers, in the killing of a prominent lawyer who accused President Alvaro Colom of involvement in his death in a posthumously released video.

The arrests were announced by a special investigation group known as the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, which was invited by the government to investigate the May 10 murder of lawyer Rodrigo Rosenberg.

Carlos Castrensana, a Spaniard who leads the commission, said police identified seven of the men through security camera video showing a vehicle believed to contain Rosenberg's killers.

The five officers arrested Friday are members of the national police force. Two suspects are an ex-police officer and a former soldier. Information on the other two suspects was not provided.

The panel said another set of suspects planned and ordered the killing, but it did not release their names or a motive.

Rosenberg, a 47-year-old corporate lawyer with degrees from Harvard and Cambridge who served as assistant dean at a private university, said that Colom's government was linked to a corruption scandal at a bank and that any attack on him would be an attempt to cover that up.

Colom has denied any involvement, and his government has suggested that criminal or political interests were behind the video.