Sunday, January 26, 2014

México: Family of Rape, Murder of Dutch Tourist, 28, in 1998 Gets Justice, Albeit 16 Years Later

According to AFP, Mexican authorities detained a suspect on Friday (January 25) suspected of murdering a Dutch tourist in crime-ridden Ciudad Juárez in 1998.

Roberto Flores, who went by the name Ramiro Adame López, was arrested in the northeastern state of Chihuahua after he was deported from the United States.

The 52-year-old had served jail time in the southern US state of Mississippi for illegally crossing into the US and was deported to México.

Prosecutors said Flores rented a room at the Plaza Hotel in Ciudad Juárez where the body of Hester Suzanne van Nierop, 28, a visiting architect who was 28 in 1998, was later found  tortured, raped and strangled to death.

COMMENT: Flores quickly became known as a serial murderer of women.

In 2004,  Ms. van Nierop's parents traveled to Ciudad Juárez, population 1.3 million, and neighboring El Paso, TX (population 670,000), with a group of Dutch TV reporters to press the authorities to put pressure on the Mexican government to put pressure on what happened to their daughter.

Ciudad Juárez, which since 2010 has seen a drop in a particularly bloody wave of violence linked to drug trafficking, was infamous in the 1990s and early 2000s for the brutal murders of women, many of them workers in textile factories. The killings were often preceded by sexual violence.

Some foreigners, mostly Americans, were also slain.

Nearly 1,500 women were killed in Ciudad Juárez during that period, and most crimes have remained unsolved, according to various non-governmental groups.

According to REUTERS, on January 24, 2014, México's Attorney General announced the arrest  of Roberto Flores AKA  Ramiro Adame López for the rape, torture and murder of Ms. van Nierop on or about September 19, 1998.

Roberto Flores AKA  Ramiro Adame López ultimately raped, tortured and murdered  the young Dutch woman at the Plaza Hotel in Ciudad Juárez.

The arrest took shape thanks to the " timely exchange of information between México and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) whereby DHS delivered the rapist and murderer to México at the International Lerdo Bridge between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso.

Thankfully, thanks to bilateral cooperation between México and the US, Ms. van Nierop's murder was brought to justice, albeit 16 years later.