Mexican Judge and his wife both shot dead in front of their children in Colima
WORLD NEWSJUNE 16, 2020 / 4:47 PM / UPDATED 4 HOURS AGO
Mexican federal judge and wife shot dead in violent western state
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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A Mexican federal judge and his wife were shot dead in the western state of Colima on Tuesday, the attorney general’s office said, as violence continues to convulse the country even amid the coronavirus outbreak.
A group of armed men entered Judge Uriel Villegas’ home in Colima, the state capital, Tuesday morning and shot the couple in front of their two daughters, local media reported.
The attorney general’s office said in a statement it would investigate “the heinous murder” of the judge and his wife.
Earlier this month, the body of a Colima state lawmaker who belonged to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) was found in an unmarked grave a few weeks after she was reported missing.
Colima, which is home to Mexico’s biggest container port on the Pacific coast, has for several years been wracked by bloody turf wars between rival drug gangs. Last year Colima registered the highest homicide rate of any state in Mexico.
Arturo Zaldivar, chief justice of Mexico’s Supreme Court, said the murders “hurt the entire justice system and each and every Mexican,” and urged authorities to guarantee the safety of federal judges and their families.
"Cabe resaltar que entre los casos más relevantes que tuvo fungió como juez en un caso de Rubén Oseguera González “El Menchito”, hijo del capo Nemesio Oseguera El Mencho, cuando se desempeñaba como juez sexto de Distrito en Procesos Penales en Jalisco, para que fuera trasladado de Oaxaca a Jalisco.
It is worth noting that among the most relevant cases he served as judge in a case of Rubén Oseguera González "El Menchito", son of capo Nemesio Oseguera El Mencho, when he was serving as sixth district judge in criminal proceedings in Jalisco, to be transferred from Oaxaca to Jalisco."
Mexico. Judge Uriel Villegas Ortiz, assassinated this Tuesday morning in Colima, since his foray into the Federal Judicial Power (PJF), was related to several cases of organized crime and drug trafficking, among others.
The most recent, before his arrival in Colima to serve as District Judge Specializing in the Accusatory Criminal System at the Federal Criminal Justice Center, was in Jalisco two years ago, where he requested the Federal Penitentiary System to transfer Rubén Oseguera González, "El Menchito", from Oaxaca to the number 2 prison in the West, in El Salto, when he served as head of the Sixth District court in Federal Criminal Proceedings. Villegas Ortiz issued the request in March 2018 and warned that if he did not comply, there would be a 30-day fine.
In July 2019, it emerged that the son of drug trafficker Nemesio Oseguera, "El Mencho", leader of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG), was indeed transferred to the maximum security prison also known as "Puente Grande", where he remained until his extradition to United States in January of this year.
He also learned about the process of Miguel Ángel Morales, the Z-40, leader of the Zetas, as well as that of those involved in the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, which occurred in May 1993 in the parking lot of the Guadalajara airport.
Other files to which he had access were on members of the CJNG, one of which was related to the murder of the Jalisco Secretary of Tourism, Jesús Gallegos Álvarez.
In Puente Grande, he also accessed cases of members of the Arellano Félix, Los Valencia and those involved in attacks with explosives in the states of Mexico and Michoacán in 2014.
The file of former police chief Luis Morales Villanueva, alias “El Comandante”, who led a gang of kidnappers made up of police, also passed through his hands. Morales Villanueva was awarded the police value medal when Andrés Manuel López Obrador was head of government of the formerly called Distrito Federal.
Shortly before his transfer to Colima, in early 2020, as the Ninth District judge in Criminal Matters, Uriel Villegas still knew of the protection that the Z-40 processed, known as the bloodiest criminal in the country, who still remains in prison jalisciense.
He also learned of files from other members of the CJNG, one of them involved in the murder of the Jalisco Secretary of Tourism, Jesús Gallegos Álvarez.
Still in January of this year, as the Ninth District judge in Criminal Matters, he became aware of the amparo processed by The Z-40, identified as the bloodiest capo in the country, who remains in the Puente Grande prison.
There he learned of cases involving members of the Arellano Félix Cartel, Los Valencia and those involved in 2014 explosive attacks in the State of Mexico and Michoacán. Another file that passed through his hands in Puente Grande was that of Luis Morales Villanueva, who was awarded the police value medal by former head of the government of the capital Andrés Manuel López Obrador before it was discovered that he was leading a gang of kidnappers made up of police officers. .
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