Heavy, heavy stuff.
(CNN) — The Guatemalan government has dismissed allegations that it was behind the death of a lawyer who left a video saying President Alvaro Colom would be to blame if anything happened to him.
The lawyer, Rodrigo Rosenberg, was shot dead Sunday while bicycling in Guatemala City.
A video surfaced Monday in which Rosenberg — seated behind a desk and speaking into a microphone — linked Colom and an aide to his death.
“If you are watching this message,” Rosenberg says on the video, “it is because I was assassinated by President Alvaro Colom, with help from Gustavo Alejos,” the president’s private secretary.
It was not immediately known when Rosenberg made the video. It turned up Monday after his funeral and was posted on YouTube and distributed to other media outlets by the newspaper El Periodico de Guatemala.
The government promptly responded, rejecting the assertions and saying they were meant to create “political chaos.”