Mar 16, 2012

Rule of Law: Judge sentences four Apodaca prison officials

CNN Mexico: "A second level criminal court judge in Nuevo Leon sentenced four ex-prison officials and seventeen guards to prison, the Prosecutor’s Office informed on Thursday.

On February 23 the ex-director of the Apodaca Center for Readaptation, Geronimo Miguel Andres Martinez; the sub-director Juan Hernandez Hernandez; chief of security, Oscar Deveze Laureano; and cell block chief Marcos Ibarra Perez.

Moreover, 26 people remained in detention after being arraigned, nine of whom have not yet been criminally charged.

The officials and the guards were taken to the Topo Chico prison and are being held as responsible for the escape of 29 prisoners on February 19. The investigations of the state’s District Attorney’s office assert that the prison officials were receiving between 40,000 ($3,147.44 USD) and 15,000 pesos ($1,184.04 USD) and the guards received an average of 6,000 ($473.61 USD) pesos.

Additionally, they allowed the presumed boss of the Zetas cartel, Oscar Manuel Bernal, alias La Arana (The Spider) to control the prison, organizing parties with bands and women.

In the early morning hours of February 19, 44 prisoners, thought to have belonged to the Gulf Cartel, were killed, while 29 members of the Zeta cartel escaped." Spanish original

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