Wednesday, September 24, 2014

México: Update--Analysis Confirms Charred Remains Include Jalisco Congressman, Aide

According to The Latin American Tribune, authorities in the western Mexican states of Jalisco and Zacatecas said forensic analysis confirmed that the two completely charred bodies found this week in an SUV are those of a kidnapped Jalisco congressman and one of his aides.

DNA tests confirmed the identity of Gabriel Gómez Michel, a member of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), and his assistant, Heriberto Nuñez, the prosecutors’ offices in the states confirmed on September 24.

The burned bodies of the abducted congressman and his aide were found Tuesday (September 23) inside the lawmaker’s SUV on the border between Zacatecas and Jalisco.

Gómez Michel was kidnapped on Monday (September 22) as he drove to the airport in Guadalajara, the state’s attorney general, Luís Carlos Najera Gutierrez, said Tuesday at a press conference.

COMMENT: Prosecutors in Zacatecas contacted their counterparts in Jalisco early Tuesday to inform them of the discovery of “a burned which two bodies were found and had tags corresponding to the registered vehicle of the lawmaker.”

Jalisco Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval strongly condemned the killings in a brief statement to the media Wednesday and vowed they would not go unpunished.

Jalisco authorities have not yet determined a motive for the double kidnapping-homicide, although they said it appears to be a calling card from organized crime.

Mexican lower-house lawmakers also condemned the murders and urged the federal Attorney General’s Office to take over the investigation. 

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