Police officers sentenced to 30 years in prison for forced disappearance in Mexico
A Mexican judge sentenced eight municipal policemen to 30 years in prison for the forced disappearance of three young people that occurred in 2016 in the eastern state of Veracruz, local authorities reported today.
The police, from the municipality of Papantla, in the north of the state of Veracruz, participated in the arrest and disappearance of the three young people in 2016, underlined the sentence decreed in the oral proceedings chamber of the Eighth Judicial District of the state.
The judge sentenced the police to pay compensation for the damage in the amount of 292,000 pesos ($ 15,732) and disqualified them for life to occupy positions in the municipal, state and federal governments.
In March 2016, Noé Martínez, Alberto Uriel Pérez and Luis Humberto Morales were detained by local police in Papantla and never again were they able to be found alive or dead.
Investigations by the State Attorney General's Office concluded that the police allegedly handed over the three youths to members of the Los Zetas drug cartel, who were in control of this region of the country.
In February 2018, 19 ex-officers were arrested, including former police officers and agents of the Public Security Secretariat for the forced disappearance of 15 people during the government of PRI member Javier Duarte de Ochoa (2010-2016).
Among the detainees is the former Secretary of Public Safety, Arturo Bermúdez Zurita, former General Director of Prevention and Social Readaptation, Óscar Sánchez Tirado; the former commander of the so-called Special Force, José López Cervantes, and the former general director of the Civil Force, Roberto González Meza.
This month of March, a police chief and five officers were arrested on charges of having arrested and murdered Juan Arturo Méndez Alcántara in the central mountainous region of Córdoba.