Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
Hipólito Mora Chávez, founder of the autodefensas of La Ruana, arrived in the city of Morelia after having been detained and was taken to the prison “David Franco Rodríguez”, also known as Mil Cumbres, where he will be made available before a judge, as well as the other 26 who were also apprehended for the shootout of La Ruana that left 11 dead.
Hipólito was transferred via a navy helicopter of La Ruana to Morelia, where he was received in a PGJE hanger by the head of the agency, Martin Godoy Castro.
The Commissioner for Security and Integral Development of Michoacán, Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, confirmed today (Saturday) in his Twitter account that Mora and the other 26 who were involved in the shootout came voluntarily before the agency. He noted that the judge would resolve the legal situation in 72 or 144 hours.
“The judge will resolve their legal status in 72 or 144 hours at the request of those presented in order to offer any evidence,” he wrote.
The leader of the Michoacán autodefensas was transferred to the prison Mil Cumbres, along with six of his men. Moments before, 20 others had arrived.
The former autodefensas leader earlier told local media that they would turn themselves in voluntarily because they trust the authorities and that they are acting within the framework of the law.
Mora attended the ninth and final Rosario of his son. Moments earlier in his social network he wrote: “Good morning, I’m announcing that my men and I will be turning ourselves in today, we have nothing to hide because we are INNOCENT. Thanks. (sic).”
Meanwhile, the group of “El Americano”, who also should present themselves to the authorities, have been blocking since midnight on Saturday the main entrance of Buenavista, Michoacán, because he disagrees with the arrest warrants against those who participated in the confrontation of La Ruana.
The Warning of Castillo
Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, warned on Tuesday that if Hipólito Mora and Luis Antonio Torres “El Americano”, don’t turn themselves in to authorities, the Armed Forces would intervene to search for them. However, Mora had already said that he would turn himself in when the ninth rosary of his son ended, and he did.
“El Americano” has yet to turn himself in.
“The deadline is this week, and if not, the Armed Forces will intervene,” Castillo said during a press conference.
He also reported that the Federal Police and the Mexican Army, in place of the Rural Forces, took control of security in Apatzingán; in the community of La Ruana, municipality of Buenavista, and in La Mira, in Lázaro Cárdenas.
Source: Sin Embargo