Friday, July 27, 2012

Mutilated and imprisoned...for doing his job

Proceso. 7-26-2012

He acted at all times in compliance with the dictates of military protocol. Health Lieutenant Nestor Ramirez tried to control insubordination and, believing his life was in danger, killed a subordinate. But he didn't know that, apparently, he was surrounded by soldiers working for drug traffickers, who, in addition, injured him so severely that he lost his legs...today he is mutilated, in jail and accused of homicide. 

Mexico, D.F. When Health Lt. Nestor Ramirez Bautista saw that two trailer trucks were hitching and unhitching boxes in the yards of the International Bridge No. 2, in Piedras Negras, he knew something was wrong. Even though he was on break, he decided to order his subordinates to inspect the loads.

Flanked by a private and a corporal, he summoned the drivers of the tractor trailers, which he thought were acting nervously. The drivers admitted they were transporting an illegal substance. To corroborate this, Ramirez approached the first vehicle, but, before he got there, the private took off running.

The corporal was the only one who agreed to climb onto the truck, but once on top of the tractor trailer, instead of obeying the order, he called the military base on his cell phone. He told them that Lt. Ramirez had gone crazy and wanted to inspect a clean trailer.

Nestor Ramirez is a health lieutenant, that is, a military nurse. His superiors decided to place him in charge of an armed unit. Complaining was useless. "These are operational needs," he was told when they made him commander and put him in charge of a handful of soldiers that were guarding the border crossing between Piedras Negras, Coahuila, and Eagle Pass, Texas.

He was used to certain rudeness from those who had trained for combat roles. But never insubordination like this. He became suspicious.

When he heard what the corporal was saying on his cell phone, he pointed his weapon at him and ordered him to get off the vehicle. He disarmed him while other soldiers approached to try to calm him down. Suspicious of all of them, he ordered them to lower their weapons and brought them under control, shooting twice at the ground. But the corporal's call had summoned four reinforcements who got there aboard a Suburban. With two more shots to the ground he placed three more soldiers under submission. Bullet fragments from the shots fired into the concrete struck Private Juan Cortes Hernandez.

Yelling and making threats, one of the newly arrived soldiers refused to lower his weapon.

"Don't make a big deal, it's fixed, you're going to get screwed!", warned Zapper Corporal Onesimo Diaz Robles.

Military personnel hold weapons in three positions; they're called "low guard" (pointing the weapon at the ground), "middle guard" (pointing it to the front) and "high guard" (pointing it upwards). From a low guard, Lt. Ramirez fired two more times but  this didn't have any effect. Two more shots. Nothing. Corporal Diaz raised his guard, but before he fired, the lieutenant fired.

The bullet entered the thorax and exited through his neck. Onesimo was choking on his own blood and couldn't talk. Ramirez insisted:

--What's in the trailer? Who does the load belong to? -- he yelled at him.

The wounded corporal could only manage to wave his hands with his palms open, simulating wings. In the Army, that's a sign used for referring to Generals.

Ramirez believed that reinforcements would arrive at any moment. The shots echoed on the meadows around the customs office on Bridge No. 2, and they were heard on the Texas side the morning of April 24. He thought that help would come soon...and it did come.

Out of the corner of his eye he saw several military vehicles approaching fast. Trustingly, he remained with his back to them. He didn't want to lose sight of his subordinates. He heard doors open and close, the sound of boots on the ground...and a burst of bullets struck him on the legs.


At the discretion of the judge


The narrative of these events is contained in File No. 378/2012, and includes a video in DVD format, identified as "Videos Record 29 C.P. 300/2012" which makes the statement of Ramirez Bautista more coherent.

However, military justice Colonel Jose Antonio Romero Zamora, second judge of the First Military Region, refused to accept the disc as evidence and ordered that Ramirez Bautista, who lost his legs from the bullet wounds and from the way he was transported, be imprisoned.

Romero Zamora chose to accept the version given by the the insubordinate soldiers, and they ratified the version that was leaked to the media moments after the incident.

On that same day, April 24, several news services, among them El Universal, reported that an active duty Army soldier had wounded two of his fellow soldiers, one of whom died two hours later in  a local hospital. In quotes, the note cited an anonymous military source:

"It was after 9:00 this Tuesday morning when all of a sudden, for no reason at all, the soldier took out his weapon and began firing like crazy. First he shot into the air and then at his fellow soldiers, who were trying to calm him down."

That is how Lt. Ramirez was described, firing like a crazy person. But the statements from the other persons involved are contradictory.

For example, the wounded soldier, Juan Cortes Hernandez, asserted that while he was alongside Lt. Ramirez he noticed he was carrying a 9mm MP-5 submachine pistol, when in fact he used a 7.62 cal.
G-3 automatic rifle. At the hearing, the lieutenant's lawyers pointed out that the confusion is not believable, especially for a soldier with several years of service, since the MP-5 is a long weapon while the G-3 is short; the first is semi-automatic while the second is fully automatic. [Note; the Proceso writer is confused. The G-3 is a long weapon, and the MP-5 a shorter one. Both are selective fire.]  This was also rejected by the judge.

The DVD that was rejected as evidence by Judge Romero contains seven videos taken by the security cameras at the customs checkpoint, and, apparently, was provided by the defense for Lt. Ramirez. This reporter could not locate his lawyers.

The first video shows almost completely the scene described by the accused and mutilated lieutenant. In addition, it also showed the way the soldiers who shot him picked up the fired cases and the weapons, altering the (crime) scene. In general, forensic material is scarce in the investigation case number GN/CDACUNA/02/2012, with which the military trial started.

The forensic evidence in the file is so weak that it does not even include the  [sodium] rhodizonate test applied to Lt. Ramirez to determine whether he fired or not. Nor [does it include] the test for the others involved. It also does not contain the medical evaluation performed on Ramirez Bautista in Clinic 11 of the Piedras Negras IMSS (social security hospital), but it does contain the one performed when he left the General Military Hospital in Mexico City, two and a half months later, when Surgeon Major Juan Carlos Leon Cruz wrote that he did not show any signs of torture.

The military judge also did not want to accept testimony that contradicted the soldiers' version, on the basis that they were too far away. For example, the testimony of Military Public Ministry Major German Rodriguez Morales, the one who ordered cavalry sergeant Juan Carlos Ramos Roman to fire at the lieutenant's legs.

In the video, after the shot Lt. Ramirez fired at Corporal Diaz Robles, he Diaz can be seen squatting,  watching the arrival of the reinforcements, then being carefully led to a military vehicle, the same with Private Juan Cortes.

It gets worse. In the video one can see that Lt. Ramirez only fired once, although the death certificate for Corporal Diaz establishes that there were two, not one, bullet wounds. The second shot is unexplained and neither the prosecutor that led the investigation nor the military judge wanted to broaden the inquiry with respect to this matter.

As for Lt. Ramirez,  his fellow soldiers grabbed him by his wounded legs, carried him about 15 yards until they got to a pickup truck, where they threw him carelessly.

High impact nurse

He had arrived to the north of Mexico a few days before, coming from Tonala, Chiapas. The Defense Department decided that the 61st Infantry Battalion of the Mexican Army, deployed there, would travel to Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon, although its scope of operations was broadened to include Ciudad Juarez and several cities in Coahuila.

Lt. Ramirez had taken leave of his family on February 20, 24 hours after the Day of the Soldier, when according to newspaper reports, General Oswaldo Angel Sanchez Velasco, battalion commander, read the same speech that Defense Secretary Guillermo Galvan Galvan had read before Felipe Calderon in Mexico City.

"A united Mexico is stronger than the criminal factions, no matter how violent they may be. Reason and law are on our side."

In Tonala, the battalion had already faced members of the Mara Salvatrucha and the Zetas that smuggled drugs and migrants through that zone. The arrival of the 21st Battalion to the north of the country was celebrated in the media, which published images in which could be seen the arrival of the huge military convoy.

But as the members of the battalion were distributed to Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila and Chihuahua, the units were disintegrated. Lt. Ramirez was placed among strangers.

Today he is in prison, accused of abuse of authority, homicide and injuries. He doesn't have legs any more and before his rehabilitation was complete he was interned in Military Camp Number 1.

Last (July) 6, the judge on the case asked for a medical evaluation to reactivate the proceedings for the murder charges. The (hospital) discharge order notes that Lt. Ramirez's vital signs are stable. It states also that he is post-operative after amputation of his lower extremities, in "physical therapy phase" that could be done at home, which is why "it was decided to release him."

Interned in the military prison, where there are no wheelchair ramps, toilets or showers for disabled persons, nor facilities where he can develop and carry out the rehabilitation he still needs, Lt. Ramirez was confined in the prison's sick bay, although, according to regulations, no intern may stay there permanently.

He has also lost all his benefits and half of his salary, although there's been no firm sentence issued in his case.

In his testimony, Ramirez declares that his actions were intended to prevent passage of two vehicles that were trying to take drugs into the United States, an activity related to the orders he had been given, because he was assigned to a "high impact operation."

In accordance with Article 6 of the Disciplinary Law  for the Army and the Air Force, the insubordination justified the use of force --in this case, the weapon-- to impose discipline. That is to say, Lt. Ramirez asserts that he acted in accordance with Army directives. He also argues that the judge did not take into consideration that Article 119 of the Code of Military Justice provides that self defense exempts a defendant from criminal responsibility.

Despite this, the lieutenant is charged with abuse of authority resulting in homicide and injuries.

With respect to the two tractor trailers mentioned in the file, and visible in the videos from the customs station, that disc the judge did not want to admit [into evidence] and about which he made no findings at all, there is no report or investigation because the other soldiers let them go.     

32 comments:

  1. Good guy again suffers for trying to do his duty. Just my picture of this incident. I feel so sorry for him.

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  2. Damn, finally one officer doing his job and he is getting royally screwed! I hope someone helps him out not just because he lost his legs but because he was trying to right a wrong and suffered severely for it!

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  3. question? have any of the soldiers involved in the actions that took place that day been killed or arrested and "presented" like Mexico does when they catch a bad guy? I would be looking at the background of the rest of the people involved.
    as it stands this case is just one more black mark on Mexico and left me with a deep ache in the pit of my stomach.
    may God have mercy.

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  4. when will this madness end?

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  5. ok, so it's obvious what's going on here and the proof is on the disc. So now the federal gov will pull this judge out from his job and investigate him and the others and they will all end up in jail for destroying this man's life? LOL ya right. What a shit hole country. All this will be allowed to happen and the federal gov, who claims they have no business dealings with the cartels will, for obvious reasons, do nothing. What a disgusting country.

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    1. Everyone knows what they get into. Bullshit country? Tell me about the Colorado shootings, Pennsylvania University rapes,good old USA catholic priests raping choir boys, mormon priests raping and marrying 12 year old girls, etc. oh! Love the USA. Shit happens everywhere.

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    2. But this is different than a retard with red hair an AR15 in Colorado. this is how currupt
      mexihell really is they don't believe there own soldiers. Maybe that's why
      Many MEXICANS SOLDIERS LOSE FAITH IN THERE GOVERNMENT AND BECOME DESERTERS. IF YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM
      JOIN THEM TYPE OF THING.MEXICO IS AT WAR WITH IT SELF WITH NO END
      COMING I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED
      IF MEXICO WENT ON A FULL SCALE CIVIL
      WAR. BUT PEOPLE WOULD SAY WHAT
      WOULD CAUSE THIS I WOULD SAY BECAUSE OF DRUGS AND MONEY. GOD BLESS.

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    3. Hey, um there are plenty of molester priests in Mexico. There are serial killers, and there is an extremely high rate of forced incest...
      There are even serial killers too. I have yet to see bodies being hung from bridges or decapitation videos coming out of Iowa. I love Mexico...I loved it more ten years ago, but trying to compare the violence in Mexico to the USA is ridiculous. It just makes you look like you're in denial man. Clean up your country instead of trying to equate the worst sides of society on both ends.

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  6. This sad story illustrates that injustice is not limited to the civilian judicial system. IMO the most significant fact in the whole article was;
    "--What's in the trailer? Who does the load belong to? -- he yelled at him.

    The wounded corporal could only manage to wave his hands with his palms open, simulating wings. In the Army, that's a sign used for referring to Generals."

    Proceso did not elaborate or expand on that piece of info. Maybe it was an act of self censorship because implying the military was the cartel shipping the drugs is a dangerous subject for journalist to venture into.

    DD

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  7. You need to include a flow chart of what happened. Story makes no sense.

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  8. All because some dumb ass didnt give him the memo about what was going down.

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  9. Mexico is rotten to the core!! Military, federales, municipales,etc...and all because of the poor salaries. Politicians, judges, generals, ministerio publicos are all well paid, but their greed is limitless. Pobrecito Mexico!

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    1. And the USA government iseny roten? Please does the name Dick cheney remind you of the bigest for profit war in the history of the world or are you stupid or white?

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  10. There is your wonderful mexican army. the one that bitches about sobornia whenever they think they are going to be criticized. the one the mexican AND american people can trust.

    the problem is - they are as crooked as the criminals.

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    1. I worked at a federal prison for the BOP and I cant even begin to tell you gust how many FBI Agents, DEA , BORDER PATROL, Federal and State Judges and layers and regular cops ofcourse are roting behind bars for being corupt. So talk all you want but us in the USA arent doing any better then our Mexican counter parts.

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  11. It's like all of Mexico is bizarro world, everything is done the exact opposite of how it should be done.

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  12. We can only expect that things get worse when that sorry ass of Peña Nieto is sworn in.

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  13. 8:51 AM say's it makes no sence..? Another guy with an I Q of 4 and were giving him 3 points..!
    You sound like the Judge who didn't watch the Security Video. Too bad Calderone with all his hype about the soldiers giving a good fight hasn't stepped in with a blanket pardon before he's out of office for the LT. and give him all his benefits and back pay,I think losing his legs and all; should also make him eligeble for
    combat and disability payments for life. They could combine the dead corporal's benefits since someone took the second shot from within this conspiracy that definately was involved with the General don't you think..? Just another day in Paradise mi amigo's.

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  14. There is his story and there is the prosecutors story and the then there is the truth!

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  15. THIS IS SAD, CIVILIAN OR MILITARY..JUST PLAIN SAD. AT LEAST HE STOOD UP FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT AND NOT FOLD AND TURN A BLIND EYE. MIL RESPECTOS!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Makes no sense i think everyone pretty much understood it. Read it slower!!!

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  17. This world is pretty much screwed!! It's not God's or the Devil's fault either. No one makes us do the things we do, but ourselves. Poor man, and may God grant him peace no matter what religion he is.

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  18. Americas fault right?

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    1. You dam right it is. Not actual america, but the corrupt white people who run it. They have kept a plant illegal which funds these cartels, in a powerful way. This senseless prohibition is the cause of all this madness and corruption. And you will be lien to your self if you say other wise. Cannabis shouldn't be illegal, we know why it is. To protect the interest of the elite. To cripple Mexico for a future take over by the United States..

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    2. It both sides. I DON'T LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO SAY OH ITS AMERICAS
      FAULT.I DONT LIKE IT WHEN THEY SAY IT'S MEXICOS FAULT BECAUSE
      THE BLAME IS ONLY ON CURRUPTION.SO GO AHEAD BLAME AMERICA BLAME MEXICO.WE KNOW
      EACH SIDE IS CURRUPT EXCEPT ONE SIDE IS EXTREMELY CURRUPT.
      OTHER SIDE GUN LOVEING NUTS
      That sell guns to the highest bidder/Mexican in return cocaine enters Americas street's.so you see its no
      One's fault. But Currption it self.

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  19. Look at obama selling guns to mexico,, we buy the drugs

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  20. THERES IS NO HYPOTHESIS TO THIS:
    THE WHOLE MEXICAN ARMY ARE CORRUPTED INCLUDING THE JUDGES, THATS WHY IT IS NO SURPRISE THAT THEY WERE MOVING DRUGS ON ARMY OWNED VEHICLES..FOR ALL WE KNOW,PRESIDENT CALDERONS CAMPAIGN WAS FUNDED BY SINALOA CARTEL CHIEF, JOAQUIN 'EL CHAPO' GUZMAN.
    -THE END-

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    1. What proof do you have of this your statment or are you gust talking out of you hairy ass again?

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  21. To the 10:51 genius, "...shit happens everywhere"...This story is about corruption, not crime. Yes, CRIME happens everywhere!!
    Blatant, evident, shameless, and unlimited CORRUPTION is what has been going on in Mexico for decades. There is corruption in the U.S., but crooks ultimately are arrested and convicted.
    Impunity in Mexico is what feeds this corruption and lawlessness. Criminals are not afraid. If they arrested, they escape or are released by crooked judges due to "lack of evidence. God, please help the good people of Mexico.

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    1. I agree thats why Mexico should gust shoot these fucks on sight, the way Colombia did with their cartels, capture them, torture them get from those fucks all the info. They need and then execute them and say they died in a gunfight with the Army or the police.

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  22. And there you have it, Mexico at it's finest. The inmates are running the assylum.

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