Tuesday, October 14, 2014

México: Why Is It So Difficult for Politicians to Understand That Corpses Belong to Some Family?

According to EFE, Mexican state congressman Octavio Martínez Vargas has claimed that state authorities found 21 corpses while draining a sewage canal in Ecatepec over the past four months, of which 16 are of women.

The state government “categorically” denied Martinez’ allegation.

“The authorities themselves have admitted that from June 1 to September 30, 21 dead bodies were recovered, 16 of which are of women,” the state legislator told EFE on Monday (October 13).

Martínez, of the opposition Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), told EFE that a group of parents in Ecatepec, the district he represents, had reported the disappearance of 40 teenaged girls between the ages of 14 and 19, and asked him for help in locating them.

The congressman explained that the parents also told him of the discovery of some bodies, presumably of some of their children, when the attorney general’s office tried to hand over to them corpses “found in a canal” which turned out not to be of their children.

Martínez then requested a meeting with the officials of the attorney general’s office along with the parents in which he said that the authorities admitted the recovery of 21 bodies, 16 of them of young women, and revealed that they would hand them over after DNA had identified their genetic identity.

The legislator, who stated that the authorities themselves said that the corpses could have been thrown into the river between one to eight years earlier, asked them “to thoroughly investigate the matter and punish those responsible and that the attorney general’s office tells the truth.”

COMMENT: Martínez added that the drainage of the canal was undertaken after the confession of a former military officer who said that he had killed a child and thrown the body into the canal.

In support of his claim, the local representative published a photo of a human corpse in the canal in Ecatepec which, he said, was left there for several days before the authorities finally removed it.

A statement released by the México state secretary, José Manzur, denied “categorically the statements of the local legislator” in relation to “appearance of alleged corpses of women during the dredging of the canal” in Ecatepec.

After saying that the data released by Martínez was incorrect, Manzur added that the draining of the canal was a routine procedure carried out to prevent flooding.

However, he acknowledged that “skeletal remains whose origins will be scientifically determined” were found in the canal, adding that “one cannot specify if they belong to humans or animals.”

The government secretary also said that the opposition legislator did not come for the meeting with the officials from the attorney general’s office and the relatives of missing women last Wednesday.

Manzur further asked Martínez to “act with responsibility and not distort information which could lead to speculation” or else present evidence supporting his claims.

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