January 6, 1996 in Nation/World

Firebomb Destroys Activist Lawyer’s Car

Compiled From Wire Services

A car belonging to the lawyer of Jennifer Harbury, who has crusaded against abuses by the Guatemalan military, was firebombed Friday in the driveway at his home.

Jose Pertierra, who has represented Harbury for three years, blamed the Guatemalan military for the 5 a.m. incident at his northeast Washington home.

Harbury, in a telephone interview from Guatemala, also held the Guatemalan military responsible. “They are sending us a message,” she said. “Terrorism slowly but surely is edging its way into the U.S.”

In Guatemala City, army spokesman Col. Guillermo Caal Avila denied involvement by the Guatemalan military.

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