Friday, September 4, 2009
El Salvador arrests 1 in French filmmaker's death
from the article,
AP Photo - In this April 24, 2008 photo, French-Spanish photojournalist Christian Poveda is seen in El Salvador. Poveda was killed Wednesday, Sept. 2 , 2009 in San Salvador, according to El Salvador's Public Security Minister Manuel Melgar. Poveda, 52, arrived in El Salvador in the 1980s and covered the country's civil war. Recently Poveda finished a documentary film on gang life in El Salvador called
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- A French filmmaker who spent years documenting the brutality and desperation of a Salvadoran street gang has been found shot to death after heading out to a dangerous gang-dominated neighborhood.
Police said a suspected member of the Mara 18 gang was arrested Thursday on suspicion of involvement in the killing of Christian Poveda, a former war photographer whose latest film takes an intimate look at the violent lives of gang members deported back to the Central American country after serving time in U.S. prisons.
Police inspector Oscar Nuila Ramos said the suspect was detained north of the capital of San Salvador, but he refused to provide any details on what led to the arrest, saying he did not want to undermine the investigation.
Poveda, 53, was found Wednesday inside a car in the rural Tonacatepeque region north of San Salvador. He was shot in the head.
The day of his death, the filmmaker had set out to visit the gang-dominated area of Soyapango, just outside the capital, to arrange an interview with female gang members for journalists from a French fashion magazine. He told an Associated Press photographer about the outing before leaving.
Posted by Chris Mansel at 7:21 AM