martes, 21 de enero de 2014

Over 20 reported killed as week begins in Mexico

Five people killed in the state of Michoacán in western Mexico and four men shot dead in the northern state of Chihuahua were among 23 people the review Proceso reported as killed in Mexico on or around 20 January. The five included a one-month baby and a two-year-old child; they were found shot in or near Susupuato in the Tierra Caliente sector of Michoacán where state forces recently arrived to curb crime and public anger, Proceso reported. The four were found in a mining district in Hidalgo del Parral in southern Chihuahua, Proceso reported, observing it was not immediately clear if these included three individuals reported as kidnapped in that district a day before. The 23 also included five criminals shot in a gun fight suspected to have been between rival drug cartels near the Villa la Venta in the south-eastern state of Tabasco, and three men whose charred bodies were found in Texcoco in Estado de México. Another victim of crime was the 22-year old singer Gibran Martiz, found dead on 18 January with another dead "minor" at the back of car earlier pursued by police in the district of Huatusco in Veracruz. Police said they shot dead three individuals driving the car, identified as the young victims' presumed kidnappers. But media cited on 21 January the singer's father as effectively accusing police of participating in his son's kidnapping in the city of Xalapa on 7 January. Efraín Martiz said his son was taken in three police cars - before eight or more witnesses - and that he duly informed the judiciary of the incident. He said he was certain one of the three cars did not have "cloned" or fake identify numbers, and must have been a real police vehicle, Proceso and Milenio reported. Milenio cited Martiz as telling a radio interview that the chief prosecutor of Veracruz, Felipe Amadeo Flores Espinosa, admitted to him in a meeting that investigators had indeed taken part in the "arrest" or kidnapping, but he promised his safe return; now said Martiz, "it's his word against is accepted that state policemen took him away and then my son appears dead. How can that be?"

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