Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
José Manuel Mireles Valverde, former spokesman of the autodefensas of Michoacán, asked for forgiveness from the government and his family “for having disrespected them with his words or actions.”
“I use this message to apologize to the Government of Mexico and its official and unofficial institutions, and its structures spread out throughout the national territory, for having disrespected them with words or actions, for having offended them with my omissions and civil disobedience,” Mireles said in a message posted on social networks.
To mark the start of the year, Dr. Mireles also apologized for having abused “liberal thinking and for having altered the political and social order of Michoacán and Mexico.”
Mireles, who was detained on June 27, 2014 and is being held in a prison in Hermosillo, Sonora, confessed to taking the decision of being “at peace with God, with the government, with my family, and with the autodefensa movement.”
“I humbly pray and from the bottom of my heart, I ask that they forgive me for all the harm I may have caused them or for the reason or reasons that they may have been. I apologize to my children, for having abandoned them trying to solve a problem that is only up to the bodies of government,” is heard in the audio allegedly recorded by family members during a phone call.
In a part of the audio, he talks about his father and dedicates this message:
“To my venerable father, I ask for forgiveness for having left him at the age of 83; forgive me father for having done this during the last part of your existence, for having gone to fight in order for them to let us live in peace and dignity.”
“Forgive me father for having disobeyed you when they came to us asking for our help in order for the village to rise up in arms, you gave your good reasons: I’ve lost my wife, I’ve lost my cattle, I don’t want to lose any of my sons. Sorry for having disobeyed you and now being left alone,” said the former spokesman of the autodefensas.
The audio, which lasted 7:42 minutes, includes a call from the former spokesman of the General Council of the Autodefensas for the release of all civilians detained for having faced against organized crime.
In the recording, Mireles says that it is necessary to build a new Mexico, but without arms and quotes Javier Sicilia, Bishop Raúl Vera and General Gallardo.
José Manuel Mireles Valverde, founder of the autodefensas of Tepalcatepec, Michoacán, was detained on Friday, June 27 2014. The Attorney General of the State (PGJE) reported that the arrest occurred in the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas for violating the Federal Law on Firearms and Explosives.
Mireles was the only founder of the autodefensas who didn’t join the Fuerza Rural, a group which Estanislao Beltrán “Papa Pitufo” and Hipólito Mora did join. He is accused of carrying firearms for the exclusive use of the Mexican Army, as well as possessing cocaine and marijuana.
Unlike the other 77 people who were with him at the time of his arrest (five of the detainees were minors and later released), Mireles Valverde was sent to the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center #11 in Sonora, on Sunday June 29.