13 policemen from Veracruz arrested

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13 policemen from Veracruz arrested


by Eirinet Gómez

 The dawn of this Thursday, 13 police of the Public Security Secretariat (SSP) of the government of Veracruz were arrested and admitted to the Pacho Viejo prison, accused of the crime of forced disappearance during the government of Javier Duarte de Ochoa .

His detention is in addition to that of the former director of the Civil Force, Roberto González Meza, who was arrested and admitted to this penitentiary center on Wednesday night, and an arrest warrant issued against José Nabor Nava Holguín, former head of the Secretariat of Public Security (August 2016-December 2016).

González Meza and Nava Holguín were members of the Mexican Army.

González Meza is originally from Chilpancingo, Guerrero, is 42 years old, and graduated as an infantry officer at the Heroico Colegio Militar in Tlalpan, Mexico City, in 1996.

He was part of the Special Forces Aeromobile group (GAFE) of the second Military Region of Durango, in the period between 1998 and 2001. And in Culiacán, Sinaloa, in the period from 2001 to 2002.

During the government of Duarte de Ochoa (2011-2016) he was general director of the Civil Force. González Meza was responsible for the projection, creation, organization, recruitment, command and direction of the Civil Force, which was an elite police created in this PRI administration.

Nava Holguín, originally from Minatitlán, Veracruz, began his studies at the Military College in 1988 and graduated in 1992. During the government of Fidel Herrera Beltrán (2004-2010), Nava Holguín was the private secretary of Sergio López Esquer, the first military in occupying the ownership of the SSP in Veracruz.

With the arrival of Duarte de Ochoa to the government of Veracruz, when Arturo Bermúdez took the position of head of the Secretariat, it was Nava Holguín himself who asked to be incorporated as undersecretary.

During the government of Javier Duarte, Arturo Bermúdez Zurita headed the Ministry of Public Security (SSP) and its main police commands were the duo formed by Sánchez Tirado and Nava Holguín.

With this triad of officials at the head of the police corporations, various organizations documented that between January 2013 and October 2016, 87 cases of enforced disappearance were reported in Veracruz, of which 54 cases involving police elements were reported. state (where these former officials would be involved) and municipal corporations.

Less than a week ago the head of the Secretariat of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, along with the governor of Veracruz, Miguel Ángel Yunes Linares, made a tour of checkpoints in the south of the state.

In the Penitentiary of Pacho Viejo, since February 2017, the former Secretary of Public Security (2010-2016), Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, has been detained for the crimes of influence peddling and abuse of authority. Although they also weigh on him signs of forced disappearance.

And since September 2017, the former director of Prevention and Social Reintegration, José Oscar Sánchez Tirado, has been arrested and has been identified as the alleged material and intellectual author of the forced disappearance of Carlos David Bautista López.