Saturday, September 20, 2014

Obama to Mexico: The 'Tlatlaya 22" killings must have a credible investigation. ... Does he know what credibility means?

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Obama to Mexico: The 'Tlatlaya 22" killings must have a credible investigation

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 10:44 PM PDT

"After President Barack Obama urged President Enrique Peña Nieto to conduct a investigation into the shooting of 22  at the hands of the military, the Department of Defense and the PGR said they are willing to heed the call,  to investigate the incident.

In separate statements issued simultaneously, both agencies stated "with full respect for the rights of the people" we have begun "a complete and thorough investigation to get to the truth" of what happened on Monday, June 30 at Pedro Limón community in the municipality of Tlatlaya in the state of Mexico.

However, the Ministry of National Defense (Department of Defense), reiterated that the death of 22 young was due to military personnel repelling an armed attack."
The U.S. State Department urged Mexico to investigate the Tlatlaya case, saying it is "imperative that there is a credible review of the circumstances."

Mexican Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said federal prosecutors would investigate the shootings and make the results public if it finds any contradictions in the army's version of events. (is anyone relieved?) 

The army has said soldiers came under fire from a gang of armed men at an abandoned grain warehouse and the troops returned fire in self-defense, killing 22 people and rescuing three kidnap victims unharmed.

However, the mother of the only female killed said she witnessed the June 30 incident and only one of the gunmen died in a brief, initial battle with soldiers. She said the 20 other men and her daughter were killed after they surrendered.

Human Rights Commission investigator Marat Paredes Montiel said commission staff had talked with the mother almost two months ago and were investigating the case to see what really happened.
"We have recently been given access to the case file and the autopsies," Paredes Montiel said. "We are analyzing this data."

The governmental agency has the power to issue recommendations that government entities have to either obey, or explain publicly why they won't.

On Friday, U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke, speaking to reporters in Washington, said that "we have seen these most recent reports and we've been following this case since June."

"We have encouraged the government of Mexico to investigate and we understand that several Mexican entities are investigating this incident," Rathke said. "But as in all cases where security forces use lethal force, we think it's imperative that there is a credible review of the circumstances undertaken in response to them and the appropriate civilian authorities should conduct those investigations."

In an interview with Radio Formula, Osorio Chong, Mexico's top security official, said the federal Attorney General's Office was leading the investigation.

"Anything that needs to be made known, if something happened that differs from the version we have, will of course be made public," Osorio Chong said.

Later Friday, the Attorney General's Office said in a statement that from the beginning it assigned a team of experts to conduct a thorough investigation.

"It is our responsibility to clarify with precision whether the acts (of the soldiers) were carried out according to the law and with absolute respect to human rights," it said. (Translation: The world is paying attention, we need a finding/determination the soldiers acted within lawful boundaries, and did not slaughter disarmed teens that were in surrender stance)

The comments came after an Associated Press story quoted the mother telling about witnessing the bloodshed and saying soldiers fatally shoot her 15-year-old daughter even though the girl was lying wounded on the ground.

The army's version came into question because government troops suffered only one wounded, and physical evidence at the scene pointed toward more selective killings.

The witness, who asked to be quoted by name for fear of reprisals, said soldiers interrogated the men after they surrendered in front of the warehouse and then took them inside one-by-one. From where she stood just outside the warehouse and in army custody, she heard gunshots and moans of the dying.

Source: AP 

5 Templarios executed on border of Michoacán, narco message left attributed to New Generation

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 10:21 PM PDT

Borderland Beat

A multiple execution in this county, bordering Michoacán, mobilized security forces on Thursday afternoon, five people, four men and a woman, were gagged, shot in the head and dumped in a rural area. 

At about 4:00 pm the discovery of the bodies was reported  of four men and women.  The five bodies were discovered on the road that passes the community of La Barranca, near the southern bypass of  Moroleón. 

The killers used nine millimeter caliber weapons

Early investigation established that victims are from the metropolitan area of ​​Moroleón - Uriangato allegedly engaging in criminal activities with the Caballeros Templarios.

A narco message was left with the bodies, the  content was, according to the sources, identified the deceased as members of the Templarios linked networks.

The supposition is that the  gunmen belonging to the Cartel Jalisco New Generation.

The bodies were taken to the Forensic Service,  Celaya.  3 have been identified as being under 16 years of age.

There are no photos of the message but reports say the text was something like this:

"There are 16 dead ones.  We have money and operate with the permission of the federals,  Sincerely,

Cartel de Guanajuato Nueva Generación"

BB contributor “Pepe” reports; 

A CJNG manta directed at Templarios was left next to five executed bodies in Moroleon, GTO yesterday afternoon. Moroleon is a retail clothing center 45 minutes north of Morelia. Templario extortion over the last few years has caused many businesses to move to Leon, GTO

Source:  Zona Franca

Uruapan Michoacán, 6 dead 1 survived, CJNG leaves Narco Message "We're Here"

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 06:30 PM PDT

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

A narco message may explains the uptick in violence in the Michoacán city of Uruapan.  Seven people were shot and left for dead this morning. Six people were dead at the scene, a seventh man was left for dead but survived.  The men were discovered on a roundabout which is located a few meters from the Faculty of Agrobiology the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in the city.
Despite the attempt by the staff of the Office of the State, to hinder  media coverage, it was noted that in the area at least 40 spent shell gravel, evidence of  at least seven men, were executed at the scene.

The crime scene  located on  Berlín and  Manuel Pérez Coronado avenue. 

Dozens of members of the federal and state police, cordoned the area.

The narco message left with the bodies reads:
We are here
We come to save you
Cartel New Generation (CJNG)

ABC Diario- 1aplana 

La Tuta's brother dead of an apparent suicide

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 07:46 PM PDT

Chivis Martinez for Borderland Beat

The Federal Commissioner for safety in MichoacánAlfredo Castillo, confirmed that the man found deadin the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas is the  brother Servando Gomez "La Tuta", leader of the Knights Templar. (Caballeros Templarios).  Castillo claims "maybe" the man committed suicide, because authorities "had him cornered" and that is why he may have taken his life.  However it was neighbors that called the emergency line to report hearing a gunshot emit from the home, it seems preposterous, that they would take such action if authorities were already on the scene. 

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Evidence recorded by the State Attorney's Office, indicate that suicide could be the cause of 
the  death of Achilles Gomez Martinez, brother of Servano Gómez Martínez  aka, “La Tuta”,  leader of the Caballeros Templarios. 

Gomez Martinez, who was found this morning at his home in a subdivision of  Lazaro Cardenas. 

About 4AM, an emergency call was received at the 066 system, from  a neighbor in the  Fraccionamiento Tulipanes in the colonia Solidaridad.   

The caller reported hearing the detonation of a firearm coming from the home of Gomez Martinez. 

Elements of the Federal Police and an ambulance arrived at the home and discovered the lifeless body of a man identified with the name Achilles Gomez Martinez.

According to the first report the body was found with a gunshot wound in the mouth.  Suicide is expected but not yet confirmed by confirmed  by the federal agency.

More than 50 elements cordoned off the area. 

The Mexican Navy along with the federal agency of the attorney general, PGR, have begun the investigation, and also will attempt to positively identify the man.

However, some reports indicate that a gunshot residue test was conducted on the dead mans hands and was positive.  

The body was sent to Semefo.

Chapo Snitched? WIll Testify in October 

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 11:55 AM PDT

Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka El Chapo, is now a key witness for the Federal Public Ministry in trials against members of the Pacific Cartel. 

Prominent newspapers are reporting Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is a key part in the trial that federal prosecutors waged against alleged drug traffickers Sinaloa Cartel.

The detained capo, captured in February 2014 and imprisoned in Altiplano testified at the request of federal judges against Teodoro Garcia Simental, "El Teo", who was chief of operations for the Sinaloa cartel in Baja California, reported officials of Judicial of the Federación (PJF) to  Radio Formula.

The report claims in the first part of October, Chapo will first appear through videoconferencing. 

 The information is already published in the Federal Judiciary Council agreements. What is not specified is whether "El Chapo" be protected witness or voluntary witness.

Teodoro Garcia Simental,  also known as "Teo". He was a lieutenant of the Tijuana cartel.

 When the leader of the cartel, Eduardo Arellano Felix was arrested in October 2008, a violent dispute arose between Garcia Simental and Luis Fernando Arellano for the leadership of the criminal organization. 

Later Garcia Simental  left  the Tijuana cartel and created his  own criminal organization allying with the Sinaloa cartel.

 He was arrested in colonia  Fidepaz in the city of La Paz, of Baja Sur.  He was transferred to the command center the Federal Police in Mexico City, where he remained until his consignment by a federal judge, later resulting in a transfer to Penal del Altiplano No.1, in Edomex, and today is being held in a Jalisco prison..

This capo was the boss of "The Pozolero" accused of killing hundreds of people and dissolve them in acid.

Sources: El Universal, AFN, Excelsior 
Thanks to the reader for the heads up