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Danilo Baltasar Anderson was a Venezuelan environmental state prosecutor investigating more than 400 people accused of crimes against the state and Venezuelan people in the failed 2002 coup d'etat attempt. Anderson, 38, was assassinated in Urbanizacion Los Chaguaramos in Caracas, Venezuela, while driving home from the college where he was taking post-graduate classes. He was killed when a C-4 plastic explosive device placed on the frame under the driver's seat on his Toyota SUV was detonated, apparently by remote control. Witnesses
Anderson was born in Caracas, and graduated in law from Central University of Venezuela in 1995, specializing later in criminology and environmental law. He worked as a lawyer for several firms, and was a general tax inspector between 1993 and 2000. He was the first official to bring a case for environmental offenses in Caracas. According to El Nacional (an anti-Chavez publication), Anderson described himself as a radical leftist. [*] Whatever his politics may have been, he was perceived by many as one of the brightest and best of the Attorney-General's team of prosecutors. His murder shocked Venezuelan opinion across the political spectrum.
Likewise, various opposition extremist groups such as Militares Democraticos and el Frente Institucional Militar issued virulent calls on their web sites for the assassination of prominent members of the Venezuelan authorities. Danilo Anderson was clearly a vulnerable target given his leading role in the investigation of prominent leaders of the coup in April 2002.
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