On 5 November 2002, the Santo Domingo appeals court threw out for technical reasons the 30-year jail sentences imposed on four army officers for killing Orlando Martínez, editor of the magazine Ahora, in 1975.
The four men - Joaquín Antonio Pou Castro, Rafael Alfredo Lluberes Ricart, Luis Emilio de la Rosa and Mariano Cabrera Durán - were convicted on 4 August 2000 but the appeals judge said the grounds for the conviction were not published in the correct manner. The journalist’s family appealed to the supreme court, accusing the judge of being biased.
Martínez, who also worked for the daily El Nacional and was a member of the Communist Party, was shot dead on 17 March 1975. His family said he had been warned that his articles were upsetting powerful people, including the then-president, Joaquin Balaguer.