The Duarte-backed policeman with a license to kill
Translated by El Profe for Borderland Beat La Silla Rota
compelled disappearances had been systematically carried out between 2012 and
2016, in delegations the place Marcos Conde was appointed as subdelegate
Xalapa, Ver. – This 11th of January is a date of mourning for 13 households in Veracruz, victims of the crimes of Marcos Conde, commander of former governor Javier Duarte.
As probability performed a darkish destiny, on that very same date however in a special 12 months, in 2013, eight municipal policemen disappeared, after which 5 college students in 2016, in an motion operated by this policeman who commanded a gaggle of cops from the Ministry of Public Safety of Veracruz for his or her execution.
Marcos Conde, now a prisoner, operated for the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) for years, giving them anybody who appeared “suspicious.”
The identical modus operandi was evidenced within the municipalities of Úrsulo
Galván and Tierra Blanca, the place the occasions of 2013 and 2016 occurred,
after videotapes and testimonies had been collected within the trial.
Numerous enforced disappearances had been systematically undertaken between 2012 and 2016, in six delegations the place Marcos Conde was appointed as subdelegate. On January 18, 2016, he and 7 of his guards had been arrested.
To this point, the eight former components stay in custody and await
sentencing within the most safety jail in Gómez Palacio, Durango.
The SSP’s coverage of extermination replicated by Conde, which led to Tierra Blanca, Veracruz in January 2016, had its genesis in La Antigua, a coastal space that the police commanded to “sweep” all these accused of committing kidnappings, violations or stealing livestockm, or whoever in his opinion had hyperlinks with Los Zetas, a felony group to which he himself may have belonged based on ministerial investigations.
In 55 days – in numerous occasions between November 26, 2012 and January
19, 2013 – a complete of 22 individuals had been disappeared or killed within the
municipalities of La Antigua and Ursulo Galván, a conurbation situated
40 kilometers from the Port of Veracruz. Police, taxi drivers, college students, firefighters, brigadistas, and a journalist had been confronted with demise, infiltrated amongst blue uniforms.
Regardless of accusations of those crimes by cops, the federal government of PRI member Javier Duarte – endorsed by felony associations and cash laundering- by no means undertook investigations. Quite the opposite, the previous Secretary of Safety, Arturo Bermúdez Zurita – prosecuted for enforced disappearance – gave recognition to counterparts of Marcos Conde – delegates of the SSP – for his work in favor of the safety of Veracruz.
(Photograph: Paola Cruz)
“For the dedication and nice consciousness of the police operate that has
led him to carry out with punctuality, neatness, spirit of physique and
heroism, encouraging him to proceed serving society in Veracruz,” reads
an acknowledgment of which LA SILLA ROTA has a replica,
signed by Bermúdez Zurita in favor of Alfonso Zenteno Pérez, prisoner
and accused of being executioner of 37 individuals, between 2013 and 2015.
For the instances Ursulo Galván and Tierra Blanca, the State and Nationwide
Commissions on Human Rights issued the suggestions 03/2017 and 5VG /
2017, respectively. Each businesses agreed on a collaboration between the Veracruz police forces and members of organized crime to vanish their victims.
The CNDH warned in doc 5VG / 2017 about “violations of the human proper to private integrity, as a result of acts of torture dedicated to the detriment of the victims”, supported by the assertion of eight former state cops and a few detained civilians that acknowledged being a part of the CJNG.
Nevertheless, the households of each instances who at the moment are a 12 months older since they misplaced their family members, remorse the delay in justice. Public apologies by the Authorities of Veracruz
and condemnatory justice nonetheless pending, which, coincidentally, would
pay for exemplary punishments and the non-repetition of those crimes within the entity of the Gulf of Mexico.
(Photograph: Paola Cruz)
remains to be a cemetery and sadly for these of us who’ve suffered
from these conditions, the instances are forgotten and justice slows down,
and the highlight is on the present occasions which are day after day,” Bernardo Benítez Herrera, father of Bernardo Benítez Arroniz, considered one of 5 younger individuals disappeared on January 11, 2016 feedback to La SILLA ROTA from Playa Vicente.
“Years and years of our instances move and there’s disappointment
as a result of although we have now walked a lot we appear to stroll in circles,
there isn’t any one to take heed to us, with the authorities it’s like speaking
within the desert”, says Martha González Menéndez from La Antigua,
mom of Luis Alberto Valenzuela González, one of many eight lacking cops in Úrsulo Galván, on January 11, however in 2013.
CARDEL AND THE “CLEAN” OF CONDE: 22 VICTIMS IN 55 DAYS
On January 11, 2013, at 6:00 p.m., eight municipal cops of Ursulo Galván went out to make a routine spherical earlier than returning residence.
They’re Luis Alberto Valenzuela González, Javier Araus Molina, Samuel
Montiel Perdomo, Alejandro Báez Hernández, Agustín Rivera Bonastre, Juan
Carlos Montero Parra, Guillermo Torres Perdomo and Aureliano Sánchez
The eight officers – center payroll of stated company – reported to their wives and considered one of them with their mom. In accordance with the assertion of a beer vendor, all had been intercepted by 4 state patrols in the neighborhood of El Arenal whereas shopping for esquites and later had been disarmed. Since then they weren’t heard from once more.
The eight males had shared with their households the intentions to go away their jobs, as a result of violence occurring in that area ‘ruled’ by the Zetas Cartel. Their plans weren’t in useless, because the kidnapping of the eight was the closure of quite a few crimes thought of crimes in opposition to humanity undertaken by the crew of Conde Hernández.
1.- THE ORIGIN, NOVEMBER 26, 2012.
LA SILLA ROTA spoke with a reporter
from the central coastal space -whose identify might be omitted for safety-
who pointed to the beginning of a sequence of violent occasions within the
municipalities of La Antigua and Ursulo Galván, when Marcos Conde who was simply 26 days outdated, was appointed delegate in that area.
On November 26, 2012, the homicide of Edgar Herrero Guerra was reported. The ex-taxi driver had simply arrived from work in the USA.
The taxi driver was discovered inside his work unit on the Salmoral-Paso de
Ovejas street part, within the municipality of Paso de Ovejas. The sufferer had bullet wounds to the physique and a “coup de grace”; he was additionally tied with industrial tape.
That incident was reported by the police reporter of the Cardel Newspaper, Sergio Landa Rosado, which was placed on the quilt of the regional newspaper. This precipitated him to obtain threats and be focused by members of organized crime who had been collaborating with components of the SSP.
2.- THE FIRST”KIDNAPPING” OF SERGIO LANDA, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Earlier than the eyes of reporters, Sergio Landa Rosado was disadvantaged of his freedom on the outskirts of Diario de Cardel. The journalist was compelled onto a non-public car and brought together with two different individuals to Veracruz. In accordance with witnesses, the abductors’ car was guarded by not less than two patrols of the SSP
“It was 3:30 within the afternoon, it was exterior the newspaper constructing we labored
in. They arrived for him in a white van, all of the curtains had been pulled
down, the deputy director (of the Diario de Cardel ) referred to as the Navy (…) these days there was an odd environment within the metropolis, vans and automobiles had been circling in public locations,” the reporter interviewed stated.
The automobile of the captors of Landa was intervened by personnel assigned to the Secretariat of the Armed Navy of Mexico and state police of the then Grupo Tajín exterior La Antigua. The drivers had been stunned and went on the run. The police reporter was capable of combat demise for the primary time. Later he was despatched to the south of Veracruz for a while as a refugee. “I consider the plan was to vanish him,” the reporter tells LA SILLA ROTA .
3. POLICE DISAPPEAR EIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE , NOVEMBER 30, 2012
On November 30, 2012, eight younger individuals had been disappeared in the neighborhood of José Cardel, in La Antigua. The victims had been within the neighborhood of a soccer area within the Colonia Modelo. Witnesses blame, in suggestion 03/2018, components of the Veracruz Seguro Coordination Group, commanded by Marcos Conde Hernández.
Among the many victims had been Arturo Figueroa Bonastre and his buddy Miguel Ángel Sandoval Cervantes and two different younger individuals – 4 in complete – whose stays had been discovered years later within the Colinas de Santa Fe property, acknowledged as the biggest clandestine grave in Latin America, the place greater than 300 corpses been exhumed.
4.- TWO FIREMEN AND A BRIGADISTA MURDERED, DECEMBER 5, 2012
On December 5, 2012, three components of the then municipal administration of Civil Safety and Firefighters of La Antigua had been assassinated; two males and one girl.
Primarily based on journalistic data, a commando arrived on the municipal base, situated within the Presidentes Municipal neighborhood. They took their victims to a cane area, in the neighborhood of La Ceiba within the municipality of Paso de Ovejas. All had been killed by being hit with bats. Photos of Santa Muerte had been discovered subsequent to the crime scene.
To the strangeness of the reporter
interviewed, the municipal workers had been discovered “en batería”, that’s, shaped in a row and with out every other obvious harm, as was the case
with different victims within the conurbated space.
5.- EL POPEYE TAKEN DOWN, CHIEF PLAZA OF LOS ZETAS, DECEMBER 20, 2012
On December 20, 2012 Jesús Daniel Vargas Ramírez, alias El Popeye, exboss of the Cartel de los Zetas in Cardel was killed in an operation within the municipality of Puente Nacional.
The occasions had been recorded between the communities of Chichicaxtle and
Paso Mariano when Vargas Ramírez was caught consuming in a hookah bar (unique for truck drivers).
Workers of the Mexican Military, the Navy of Mexico, state and federal police, carried out their operation and managed to shoot the capo from helicopters after a number of minutes of preventing. A number of reportedly stolen automobiles had been seized that
had weapons for the unique use of the armed forces. Among the many seized
items was a taxi from town of Cardel, a Suzuki car, and a Nissan X-Path truck.
6.- POLICE DISAPPEARS REPORTER SERGIO LANDA, JANUARY 19, 2013
On January 19, 2013, Sergio Landa Rosado
-who had returned on January 1 of that 12 months from the shelter the place he
was first taken- disappeared after receiving
a sequence of phone calls. To this point his whereabouts stay a thriller.
In accordance with the supply consulted by this implies, it was 5:00 p.m. Landa wrote his each day notes and obtained a cellphone name on his mobile phone.
“He had the behavior of answering in entrance of everybody, however this time he
didn’t do it, he went to the lavatory and left 20 minutes later.
Visibly nervous, he determined to proceed writing, however a second name interrupted him and he entered the lavatory once more with one other 20 minutes of
delay. Landa got here out and provides the indication that his laptop was not turned off, as he would return to complete his work.
He takes his bike, a white Honda Cargo Motor 180cc, with out
license plates and goes (based on analysis information) to Tamarindo, in
the municipality of Puente Nacional.
In accordance with the supply consulted, “Landa Rosado was seen subsequent to an SSP
patrol radio unit speaking to the employees, later, he was noticed within the
city of Conejos the place he left his bike subsequent to an inn, after which
left strolling to Huatusco, that is the place you lose all contact with him,
as a result of he didn’t come again. “
Regardless of these crimes, Marcos Conde Hernández was solely transferred to new delegations: on April 19, 2013 in Xico; July 19, 2013 to Rodríguez Clara; August 29 to Martinez de la Torre; and eventually on September 20, 2014, in Tierra Blanca, the place there are not less than 60 instances of disappearances and enforced disappearance.
TIERRA BLANCA, THE HELL OF CONDE
On January 11, 2016, 5 younger individuals from Playa Vicente, coming back from a weekend within the Port of Veracruz, had been arrested by state police in Tierra Blanca, within the southern a part of the state. The tip was the identical: they disappeared.
These are: Susana Tapia Garibo, José Benítez de la O, Bernardo Benítez
Arroniz, José Alfredo González Díaz and Mario Arturo Orozco Sánchez.
In accordance with judicial investigations, Marcos Conde’s non-public escort – eight policemen – arrested them and handed them over to a CJNG cell that murdered them on a ranch within the municipality of Tlalixcoyan, the place there have been about 8,00zero human stays and varied objects used for the theft of gas.
In El Limón, the Nationwide Gendarmerie discovered a bit of bone from
Bernardo Benítez Arroniz and blood drops from Luis Alfredo González
Díaz, two of the 5 younger individuals, and from 6 different households.
The opposite stays discovered, belonging to 300 or 400 individuals, couldn’t be
recognized due to their state of decomposition. The previous secretary of human rights of the Ministry of the Inside, Roberto Campa Cifrián, confirmed that the disappearance of our bodies on that ranch had been systematic for a number of years.
Within the case of the 5 younger individuals there are 21 detainees: 13 civilians, accused of being a part of a CJNG cell and eight state police, together with Marcos Conde.
In accordance with the declaration of three civilians earlier than the Prosecutor’s Workplace of Veracruz (situated within the investigation folder 27/2016), they described an alliance with “Los Estuches”, as they referred to the state police and the CJNG.
“At El Limón ranch, whoever was nicknamed ‘Conde’ arrived, accompanied by
5 or 6 state policemen who had been touring on SSP patrols. They’d arrived in non-public automobiles now and again. They took us to individuals they kidnapped themselves; they advised us they had been ‘efectivos after which they had been executed by ‘El Flaco’,” stated one of many detainees. In accordance with the declarant, the “becerros” [calves], or additionally referred to as “paquetes”,
had been drug sellers, kidnappers, rapists or components of various felony
The second testimony gave extra particulars of the operation: “‘El Kuini’ was answerable for the group, he warned us after we had been going to have a go to from ‘Los Estuches’, who took ‘los becerros (the victims ). The police officer was a part of the CJNG, to which I belong.”
In the meantime, the third detainee confirmed the connection of the police in Conde’s cost: “I by no means met anybody who had been “halcones.” What I do know is that there was no downside with the State Police of Tierra Blanca, we referred to as them ´Los Estuches.´”