Thursday, February 14, 2013

México: Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam Claims That Detainees in Gang-Rape, Robbery of Spaniards Have Confessed

According to The Global Post, six men arrested by Mexican authorities have reportedly confessed to the crimes of gang-raping six Spanish women as well as the armed robbery of roughly fourteen members of their party on February 4, near Acapulco in the state of Guerrero.

COMMENT: Interestingly, the families of those detained by Mexican police who reportedly have confessed to the gang-rape and armed robbery of the Spanish tourists insist that their family members are innocent. That being said, many persons accused of crimes claim to be innocent, who ultimately are convicted.

Nevertheless, the six men detained have not as yet been arraigned, which begs the question as to whether the detainees did in fact "confess" WITHOUT coercion, which is not uncommon in México's unrefined and procedurally imperfect criminal justice system.

México's new Attorney General (AG), Jesús Murillo Karam, 64, is a licensed attorney and a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He has held his position for only two months. Previously, he served as the governor of the state of Hidalgo from 1993 to 1998.

One can only hope that the AG is absolutely sure that the six men detained by police are in fact those complicit in the gang-rape and armed robbery of the Spanish tourists and that they were not convenient pawns in scooping suspects off the street in order to take the "heat" off México's vital tourism industry.

Unfortunately, with transparency being very elusive in México, as it was in the case of the unprovoked police attack on a ballistic-resistant US Embassy diplomatic vehicle last year [2012] when federal police officers sprayed the vehicle with gunfire. Fortunately, the two CIA officers and the Mexican naval officer who were in the vehicle survived. The result: Twelve officers have been detained and charged with numerous offenses, including attempted murder.

The armed attack on the embassy vehicle is the third such incident in recent years involving US officials in México. In 2010, a US consular employee, her husband and another man died in an unprovoked attack in Ciudad Juarez. And in 2011, a US immigration and customs agent was killed and another was wounded in an attack by gunmen on a highway.

One fact that seems to have escaped Mexican authorities is that if the Spanish tourists had not sought to purchase illegal drugs from their assailants shortly after their arrival in Guerrero, they never would have come to their attention, which suggests that the gang-rape and armed robbery never would have occurred. Thus, this horrific experience endured by the victims was victim-precipitated.