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FLOC: Alleged assassin of Santiago Rafael Cruz detained, released

According to a FLOC media release, Eduardo Rodríguez Cervantes, one of the alleged participants in the assassination of Santiago Rafael Cruz, an organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, FLOC, was captured by the U.S. Border Patrol “when he intended to cross the border in Arizona, sent to México and handed over to the authorities of the State of Sonora. Rodríguez Cervantes was freed a few hours afterwards in a completely inappropriate action.”  

According to the reports received by FLOC and distributed to the media, on November 17, 2007, at approximately 8:00 pm, the Border Patrol detained Rodríguez Cervantes “when he tried to enter the United States by way of San Luis, Arizona. He was detained and handed over to the authorities in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora that same night.

Santiago Rafael Cruz

Apparently and in compliance with the Agreement of Reciprocal Collaboration, the authorities of Sonora entered into contact with the authorities of the government of Nuevo León, to notify them about the apprehension of Rodríguez Cervantes. The information provided indicates that the authorities of Sonora freed the suspect the following day.

“On November 20, 2007, the Office of the Attorney General of Nuevo León informed the media that the suspect was clearly identified by the Ministerial Police who had him under surveillance and who would proceed with his capture once the proper documentation was ready.

“Although not all of the information concerning the incident has been received, FLOC expresses its extreme concern about what took place. FLOC and their lawyers had asked that the Special Prosecutor in charge of the investigations send a notice of collaboration to all Justice Departments in México in order to aid the authorities of Nuevo León in proceeding with the finding and capturing of the suspect Eduardo Rodríguez Cervantes. It is important to note that this person was identified by Jaime Martínez Amador, another of the participants in the crime, as one of the persons who participated in the assassination of Rafael Cruz.” 

“This omission by the authorities does not help the advancement of the investigations,” indicated the president of FLOC Baldemar Velasquez.

FLOC has been asking the government of President Calderon that the federal government, by means of the Attorney General’s Office, take responsibility for the investigations in the case of Rafael Cruz because of the lack of efficiency by the authorities of the government of Nuevo León and because it is a case of human rights, recognized as such by the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights

According to FLOC, the delays in the process of the investigation undertaken by the government of Nuevo León does not alleviate the situation of pressing insecurity for the personnel of FLOC that run the office of the organization in Monterrey, México. 






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