By Chris Covert
A former attorney general of the Mexican state of Durango was found strangled to death Saturday, only a few days after he was abducted, according to Mexican news accounts.
Ramiro Ortiz Aguirre was found dead alongside the Durango-Torreon road near the village of Estacion El Chorro. Earlier reports said Ortiz Aguirre had been beaten, then shot to death, but now reports say Ortiz Aguirre was strangled.
Ortiz Aguirre had been kidnapped last Wednesday evening at about 1800 hrs near the intersection of Bulevar Dolores del Rio and Calle Mina in Analco colony near Las Alamedas mall, where several armed suspects travelling aboard two trucks took him. According to reports shots were fired. Ortiz Aguirre's wife was hit in the leg in the struggle.
Ortiz Aguirre was slated to undergo an election to become Director de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Políticas or law school dean at the Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango.
|Ex-Fiscalia Ramiro Ortiz Aguirre|
Mexican security forces were sent to the site via an anonymous telephone call where Ortiz Aguirre was found at about 0825 hrs.
Ortiz Aguirre was appointed Durango state's Fiscalia General del Estado by former governor Ismael Hernandez in 2010. He retained his position with the election of Jorge Caldera. He resigned his position in June 2011.
Ortiz Aguirre presided over the exhumation of the 331 dead found between April of 2011 and January, 2012. The graves found throughout Durango city are arguably one of the worst mass graves in modern Mexican history. Many of the dead found were killed as far back as 2005, it was reported at the time.
A message was also found at the scene which said Ortiz Aguirre was responsible for some of the deaths in the mass graves.
Mexican press reports noted that at the time of his resignation he had a personal security detail for his protection, implying he had been under death threats. Reports also say his official security detail was withdrawn hours before he was abducted.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com