Sunday, March 13, 2016

20 soldiers arrested in Veracruz murder case

Posted by DD from materials from Reforma, Milenio, and Mexico News Daily

At least 20 soldiers are being held at the headquarters of the Sixth Military Region La Boticaria, near the port of Veracruz for the murder and torture of a auto mechanic in Tierra Blanca.   Military sources in Mexico City indicated that the soldiers belong to the 80 Infantry Battalion,

The soldiers in custody were among 530 who had been deployed to Veracruz to combat the theft of petroleum products from Pemex pipelines in Tezonapa, Tierra Blanca, Omealca and Tres Valles

 Milenio noted that Victor Garcia Garcia, 31, left as every morning to work as a mechanic, but never reached its destination because he was intercepted by armed men in military uniforms, and traveling in a 4 door jeep painted in earthtone camouflage  like the Army uses.  They handcuffed him and put him in the truck.  

 Three days later he was found dead.

Milenio reported  It was Monday (Feb. 29) when Victor left his house in Colonia El Mirador in the town of Tezonapa, Veracruz, in his Chevrolet green 1999 model truck "He was a street mechanic, , he went with his tools where ever  he was sent " said one of his brothers by phone , who does not want his name to appear for fear of reprisals

 Victor's brother says neighbors and friends saw when the soldiers arrested him, handcuffed and were circling in the Jeep painted like camouflage , painted as the Army vehicles are pained and it had four doors."

,"After they handcuffed him and put him into the jeep and  they took him towards (a place called) Maguey. . I guess they took him there because they thought there was  nothing, along that route but they were wrong because there were people in pozos (surface mines) , rod holders, and many people saw them, "he said in an interview with Milenio.

 That Monday, around 15:30 hours, "some people who had seen what had happened came to me and told me what happened and I should go see about it.  . We went to ask the battalion and they told us there was nothing. We asked the PGR in Cordova and they told me the only person in custody was there for a minor crime.

 Since no one gave him any answers, relatives, friends and neighbors began with the search for Victor on March 1. "We started as 40 people with machetes,  They (the military) were  there watching us  but never helped  us in the search. ".


photo from Milenio
 That day those searching for Victor went to the Sixth Military Region and found the Jeep which  supposedly the soldiers used to kidnap  the man.

"I ran to the jeep and I looked ., after I got a boost  I could see the evidence there (...)his tool box in which  was a cinch to pull and a rope,  I know the rope with certainty ,because I had tied it many times helping my brother.  . The soldiers never let me touch it, "he said  but he took a picture, 

Then a soldier chambered a cartridge and said "Get out of here.  No one else can pass here because the people just interfere.

photo from Milenio
Victors body was found the next day showing signs of torture.  His burned pickup was found about 4 kilometers from where he was abducted.  

Military sources have said that García had been linked to a network of pipeline thieves and was caught stealing gasoline. But family members suggest he had been confused with someone else due to the tools he carried as a mobile mechanic
Military sources have said that García had been linked to a network of pipeline thieves and was caught stealing gasoline. But family members suggest he had been confused with someone else due to the tools he carried as a mobile mechanic. - See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/20-soldiers-arrested-veracruz-murder-case/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=de555406c2-March+12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-de555406c2-349444589#sthash.xMfB46QU.dpuf

Military sources have said that García had been linked to a network of pipeline thieves and was caught stealing gasoline. But family members suggest he had been confused with someone else due to the tools he carried as a mobile mechanic. - See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/20-soldiers-arrested-veracruz-murder-case/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=de555406c2-March+12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-de555406c2-349444589#sthash.xMfB46QU.dpuf
Military sources have said that García had been linked to a network of pipeline thieves and was caught stealing gasoline. But family members suggest he had been confused with someone else due to the tools he carried as a mobile mechanic. - See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/20-soldiers-arrested-veracruz-murder-case/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=de555406c2-March+12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-de555406c2-349444589#sthash.xMfB46QU.dpuf
Reforma reported that this past Friday the battered body of Victor Garcia was turned over to his family for burial in Sierra Blanca.   Victor's brother who gave the interview to Milenio he wanted no pictures taken of the body and said that he had not viewed the body of his brother because he did not want to remember him that way.  He said his sister and brother had positively identified the body and that was good enough.  
Military sources have said that García had been linked to a network of pipeline thieves and was caught stealing gasoline. But family members suggest he had been confused with someone else due to the tools he carried as a mobile mechanic. - See more at: http://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/20-soldiers-arrested-veracruz-murder-case/?utm_source=Mexico+News+Daily&utm_campaign=de555406c2-March+12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f1536a3787-de555406c2-349444589#sthash.xMfB46QU.dpuf


28 comments:

  1. This is the reality of Mexico and just about any 3RD world country. Be thankful US citizens for the freedom you DO have vs the rest of the world. Some people have never left their hometown so they won't ever understand.

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    1. yeah...unfortunately those freedoms were bought and paid for by a past generation of americans that were worthy of admiring. americans that stood for something other than using drugs and posturing about an america they did nothing to create

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    2. Reality of Mexico or not, 20 soldiers arrested for torturing and killing one person does not seem to make sense. Corrupted or not, there is a difference in discipline training tactics between military and cartels. When the line is blurred, then possibly will differ

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    3. nothing has changed with Americans except for the technology. the drugs and gangs have always been
      there. the US government used to buy heroin, morphine
      and other drugs from the mexicans and that is why
      the poppy fields remain to this day.

      the Americans of today are a product of the times and the technology just like 60 years ago. nothing has changed but the year.

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    4. nothing has changed with americans except technology? ill give you one example of how todays generation of americans differed from the greatest generation of americans: almost every veteran who served in iraq that i have met is living courtesy of the gov't because of ptsd, i have never met a ww2 veteran who suffered from it.

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    5. No but I met a few Viet Nam Vets living in Mexico that at the time were relatively young.I noticed their demeanor was different so whether they felt like outcasts in US and moved to Mexico I don't know.I'm sure they were PTSD sufferers.

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  2. This is old news

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    1. You are correct that The kidnapping took place almost 2 weeks ago But if you read the headline of this story, it is not about an auto mechanic being abducted, it is about the military possibly being involved in his kidnapping and murder. The officer who was commanding that unit was arrested on Wed March 9, and the other 19 since then. The Milenio story was dated on the 9th and only said the Secretary of Defense would look into whether the military had any participation in the event. Reforma and Mexico News Daily, both dated the 12th (one day earlier than this one) had the news of the soldiers detention. Maybe you can elaborate about what you consider up to date news.

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    2. 10:53 up to date news, YOU ARE ONE BIG PENDEJO!

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    3. What was the purpose of kidnapping and killing him?

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    4. dd. You did an awesome job explaining that to person's comment who may have seemed troubled. The world needs more like you.
      1230. Serious? It is people with comments like you who I suppose wonder why assault and murder occur? 1053s comment was not whiny nor in complaint status. The comment just gave the commenter's opinion to something of possibly disinterest.

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    5. @12:57
      Kidnapping was to torture information out of him to a confession for any crime.
      The murder likely because dead men don't speak and if he was innocent they won't take a chance of being denounced as criminals...

      Sometimes a lesser man will kill a greater man.

      Some times only a group can bring down one person.
      I'm sure the comradely of killing innocent or unarmed men really forges a strong bond of putismo.

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  3. To 10:53, if this is "old news" as you say, then why didn't you take the initiative to translate this story and post it when it originally ran? Ilk, such as yourself, find it much easier to proffer snide, acerbic commentary as it demands little of your precious time from your viewing cartoons, trolling the Internet for opportunities to post infantile commentary that adds nothing of intrinsic value to the original article or searching for siding to add onto your single wide trailer.

    Thank you DD for translating this article and posting it. I know how long it takes to do something like this. In the future, don't bother taking time away from your family and friends just to explain your actions to unappreciative whiners.

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    1. Yes. Yes. I love this post. You my friend are somthing to admire. There really is not too many people like yourself on here much it seems like anymore. I try to say things as smooth as you but I allways end up cursing and making myself sound as low caliber as the person im trying to make a point to. yes we all (for the most part) really apprecaite what all of you do.
      Munke

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    2. 2:16 I comment often om BB and sometimes my comments are very biased but overall I've learned to tone it down and I've never once made a troll comment about BB, BB is the best blog for Mexican News. Some of the comments are funny some are dry snitching some are just lies some are straight up just snitching , it's part of the fun in sifting through the bullshit

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  4. Only about 4 soldiers arrested him, but nobody is saying what happened after that...
    Secretario de la Defensa Nazional general diplomado de estado mayor y graduate de la Escuela de las Americas, "con una especialidad en el cultivation de la soya" general Cienpedos has said before he won't let his muchachos down, so of 20 arrested all will walk, because they are just "serving their country" as happened on Tlatlaya, apatzingan, atenco, ayotzinapa...

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    1. @12:46. You are partially correct and partially incorrect. The military has always claimed jurisdiction for criminal proceedings against a soldier for human rights violations or other crimes against civilians. And they have an excellent record of protecting the soldiers (not the victims) in these crimes.

      According to the Mexican military's own reports, military courts have only sentenced one soldier for a human rights violation committed since 2007. Up to 2015, not a single soldier has been prosecuted in civilian courts since the Merida Initiative came into effect in July 2008

      The good news is that since the judicial and other law and order reforms became effective in April 2015, civilian courts (not military courts) have jurisdiction over such cases.

      Only time will tell if this change will produce better results (civil courts do not have a very good history either).

      However in the Tlatleaya case, there were 7 soldiers arrested for the extra judicial murder of 8 of the 22 killed at Tlatlaya. The Federal judge (civilian) released 4 of them for lack of evidence. (PGR presented no evidence against those 4). The other 3 were ordered held pending trial for murder. It will be interesting to see the outcome of those trials.

      My figures on prosecutions (or lack thereof are from an excellent article posted by Lucia in Oct. 2015 on how US using Merida initiative to force human rights changes.
      http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2015/10/iguala-tlatlaya-cases-usblocking-merida.html

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  5. Pelon?
    Me sobas :)

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    1. @6:33 You think u can come up with something meaningful to say? Instead of the same damn joke over and over. Que te cuesta comportar te como un adulto?

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    2. 6:33 y cómo chingados, estas sentada en él...

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  6. Thanks dd. It's new news to me. If I had to use Google translate , I wouldn't be able to understand it.
    Mn

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  7. He had a shovel and a hot tapping drill case. Convicted and sentenced to death on the spot.

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    1. It's stuff like this that would make any one lose their mind and try to attack the entire military base or sole soldiers . We all have choices and it would be hard not to want revenge .

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    2. Imagine, if this creep had been found with a TAPE GUN OR A BOX CUTTER IN HIS POSESSION, he would have been obliterated to smithereens and his troque would not have been found ever!!! ---Maybe the wrong engine would be thrown somewhere with his passport to imply a bombing or sompim' like 9/11...

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  8. Soldiers the world over are not averse to using torture to achieve their objective. We are not in the humanitarian business. - El Sol Perdido

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    1. Hay mucha tortura esperando para ti en el infierno El Payaso Perdido.

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    2. 6:52 quien eres tu para juzgar ?
      El infierno no existe, Dios no nos hico para quemar en eternidad.

      No siempre estoy de acuerdo con Sol P Pero tambien SE que matar no es igual que hablar.

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