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Thu Nov 22, 2018, 12:38 AM

Journalist critical of Argentina's Macri found dead

Martín Licata, an Argentine investigative journalist who had been missing since Saturday, was found dead in a Buenos Aires hotel today.

Licata, 27, had been reported missing Saturday morning from his home in Buenos Aires' westside. Police confirmed earlier today that the body of a man found Saturday afternoon in a small, nearby hotel was in fact Licata's.

According to official sources, his body had been found by cleaning staff that day. He was found handcuffed and garroted with a rubber braid attached to a piece of wood around the neck.

A young woman seen entering the hotel with Licata around 11:30 a.m. and leaving two hours later, remains at large.

"Martín left home at nine in the morning," his mother Mónica Ibáńez had told the Télam news agency. "It's not common for him to leave at that time on a Saturday. When he does it's because he has a meeting at work or is going to interview someone."

Licata wrote for two online news journals and a magazine - all of them critical of the right-wing Mauricio Macri administration. He had recently reported receiving threats through his Facebook account and was physically attacked two months ago by unknown assailants.

His death comes just one day after that of labor lawyer Juan Pablo Labaké, 59, who reportedly fell from his office window on the fifth floor of a downtown building. His father, Juan Gabriel Labaké, is an attorney representing survivors of the 1994 AMIA boming, and a prominent critic of the both the Argentine and Israeli governments' handling of the as-yet unsolved incident, which killed 85.

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Martín Licata, 1991-2018.

Licata had written numerous investigative pieces on alleged corruption by the Macri administration.

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