Translated by Fulano from an article in El Mexicano.
TIJUANA – Amnesty International found two of the seven worst cases of torture in Mexico in the state of Baja California.
The two cases were committed on the same day, September 26, 2012, by the same group of State Preventative Police officers, in Tijuana and Rosarito.
In Tijuana, the group broke into a family dinner with an assault operation in which they arrested 23-year old Luis Ángel Zazueta Cornejo.
The police tortured the arrested man and demanded that the family pay them money to set him free. As the family lacked the resources, the police team arrested Zazueta Cornejo under the charges of having been arrested in the street with one kilogram of cocaine in his backpack.
The court accepted these charges and refused to receive evidence which the family, neighbors and friends filmed and recorded.
This was described an aunt of Zazueta Cornejo, Elvia Rosa Zazueta Núñez, who reported that a judge demanded through a third party that the family pay US$50,000, in cash, to let the young man go Free. Zazueta Cornejo continues a prisoner in the La Mesa Penitentiary without being sentenced.
Another case is of Adrián Vázquez Lagunez, initially arrested in Rosarito when he was mistakenly believed to be the drug trafficker Gonzalo “El Macho Prieto” Inzunza Inzunza.
The Amnesty International delegation that traveled to Baja California to interview both of the arrested men and to present a report on torture in Mexico, reported that Vázquez Lagunez, a prisoner held in the El Hongo Penitentiary, is still in poor health with fractures and internal injuries.
The two cases, work of the same team from the State Preventative Police and coordinated by an officer nicknamed “El Chiguilin,” form part of an file of seven cases in which Amnesty International filed a lawsuit at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for “crimes against humanity” yesterday.
In spite of the seriousness of the case were Amnesty International has selected Baja California with two of the seven most prominent among 7,000 incidents, Governor Francisco Vega has refused to meet with the Amnesty International team.
“We think it is unfortunate that the governor could not meet us. We think it is unfortunate because human rights have to be one of the priorities, and making it a priority is demonstrated with discussions and programs and concrete actions,” said the Executive Director of Amnesty International in Mexico, Perseo Quiróz.
When asked about this, the Director of the Northwest Citizens Commission for Human Rights, Raúl Ramírez Bahena, said that perhaps Governor Vega did not understand the importance of the meeting he declined.
The report, “Out of Control: Torture and other mistreatment in Mexico,” says these cases have increase 600% in 2013, when compared to 2003.
In 2013, there were 1,505 cases in Mexico.
Between 2010 and 2013, the National Commission on Human Rights received 7,000 complaints of torture and other mistreatment, but only presented recommendations for 44 cases, and only seven were investigated.
Amnesty International also reports that the National Commission on Human Rights does not appropriately investigates complaints of torture.