Mexico’s President and a governor traded jabs over the release of relatives and friends belonging to a cartel leader linked to car bombs and extreme violence in central parts of the country. The president blamed corruption, while the governor claims the allegations are federal in nature.
The controversy stems from the release of Maria Eva “N.,” the mother of Jose Antonio “El Marro” Yepez Ortiz, the leader of a fuel theft organization Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima. On June 20, Guanajuato state police and military units arrested 32 alleged members of CSRL–including El Marro’s mother and at least two other relatives. In the following, days, state judges released most of the parties.
According to Proceso Magazine, Guanajuato State Judge Paulina Medina Manzano claimed there was no evidence to link El Marro’s mother, a cousin, and two others to any crimes and added that they were tortured while in custody.