Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Commentary on Mauricio Fernández

Here's Jorge Fernández Menéndez:
In Monterrey, since Thursday there were rumors that Saldaña had been murdered. The Saldaña brothers and their people left for Mexico City that day, for a "business meeting". In reality they had been called to meet with the true bosses of the Beltrán Leyva cartel. There were many issues: [the Saldañas] had taken over the city of San Pedro by force and in those confrontations they had appropriated a shipment of cocaine. And they carried out kidnappings, an activity that apparently the Beltrán Leyva don't want to get involved in.

More than specialized teams, everything indicates that, in this case, those who got rid of Saldaña the Black and his band were his bosses, the Beltrán Leyva. The question that hasn't been fully answered yet is why.
That theory seems perfectly consistent with Fernández's earlier statements of working with the Beltrán Leyvas and his advance knowledge of the murders in the capital.

Here's Carlos Loret de Mola:
[I]t's well known in the police world that ever since the era of kidnapping in Mexico began, northern economic groups agreed to finance a paramilitary group, trained by the elite corps of the Israeli Mossad, that don't have to answer to the Constitution, Congress, politicians, Human Rights, or pay attention to responsibilities or divisions or balances of power, but rather that come together as "tough groups" --that's what Fernández called them-- to combat crime.

And to those who don't agree...Fernández showed them. The issue is that impunity, and a society desperate to find routes to an effective posture toward crime, makes it so that "those who don't agree" are fewer and fewer: when the mayor announced in his inauguration the murder of The Black he earned a standing ovation. Why? "Because people see that there is someone doing something about the problem", the panista answered.
Here's Bajo Reserva:
[T]he federal government should officially ask the PAN's Mauricio Fernández who told him, before anyone else, that four kidnappers in Mexico City had been killed. They could therefore quiet the suspicions that the magnate and politician runs one of the many groups of killers that operate with impunity in the country, and attempt to govern it, like the Zetas, La Línea, Los Números, Gente Nueva, Jefe de Jefes, et cetera, et cetera.
Even the AP got into the act, which is often a tipping point for Mexican stories becoming American stories.

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