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Murder of Mexican cardinal remains unsolved more than 20 years later

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/6/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Unsolved murder topic of forthcoming new book, 'The Jackals'

Twenty-one years after the Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo's murder in 1993, authorities still have no leads. The cardinal was gunned in cold blood on May 24, 1993, in the parking lot of Guadalajara International Airport, along with six other persons. His unsolved murder is the subject of a forthcoming book, which looks at the evidence presented thus far in the case.

Cardinal Posadas in 1993 was shot 14 times as he sat in his car at the airport. He was shot with automatic weapons.

Cardinal Posadas in 1993 was shot 14 times as he sat in his car at the airport. He was shot with automatic weapons.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Cardinal Juan Posadas Ocampo, murder, investigation, book


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Over the 20-plus years following his assassination, there have been accusations directed against both drug cartels and the then-extant Mexican government of the time.

A new book, entitled "The Jackals," asks that the truth about the affair be revealed. The book's author, attorney Jesus Becerra Pedrote has traced the investigations along with the attendant "red herrings" following the Archbishop of Guadalajara's murder.

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The assassination of Cardinal Posadas, Pedrote says, "Involved people of the inner circle of the then-president of Mexico, Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

"There is no evidence that the president ordered the assassination, but there is evidence that the president's men committed the assassination," the lawyer told reporters.

Cardinal Posadas was shot 14 times as he sat in his car at the airport. He was shot with automatic weapons. The cardinal was at the airport awaiting the arrival of Archbishop Girolamo Prigione, who was then apostolic nuncio to Mexico.

The new book details Pedrote's 20 years of investigation into the matter with Fernando Guzman, who had been deputy and part of a small commission of investigation established within the Mexican parliament under the administration Ernesto Zedillo, president from 1994 to 2000.

Guzman says that "despite the official conclusions of a government inquiry" which claims the cardinal was caught in a shootout between rival cartels, implying that he was "mistakenly identified with the drug lord El Chapo Guzman (of the Sinaloa Cartel) . there was a social request to carry on a new inquiry.

"There were many witnesses, and many of them spoke about an execution."

The investigation into the murder became bogged down from the years 1994 to 2000. Mexico at that time was governed by the Institutional Revolutionary Party, to which president Salinas belonged.

The murder investigation got a second wind under the 2000-2006 administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox of the National Action Party. Under Fox, both independent lawyers and members of the Church were able to take part in inquiry commissions.

"We had heard of some videos of the executions, but the court at first responded us there were no video," Guzman recounted. "Then, the progress of the inquiry from 2000 to 2002 led us to know that there actually was a video.

"We have never found the video recording, but we are certain that the video had been filmed."

Becerra says that investigations "continue, in any case. Just six weeks ago we received new information, and public authorities have been strongly pushing in the search for truth.

"Today, President Enrique Pena Nieto has the opportunity to search for concord and to establish justice."

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