Enforced disappearance investigators denounce official espionage in Mexico

An independent Argentine expert, a lawyer and a Mexican journalist denounced this Wednesday that they were spied on by the late Attorney General of Mexico (PGR) during their work on enforced disappearances.

Mercedes Doretti, from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF); Ana Lorena Delgadilloof the Foundation for Justice; and Marcela Turati, award-winning journalist have denounced irregularities in the files of the massacre of 196 people, whose bodies were found in clandestine graves in the municipality of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, in 2011.

Last May, the justice revealed parts of an investigation directed in principle against criminals, according to which the PGR obtained information from the three professionals such as messages, phone calls and geolocation points between 2015 and 2016. That investigation is still open.

The PGR, replaced by Attorney General Since 2018, he based these follow-ups “on an investigation of organized crime and kidnapping,” Delgadillo, a lawyer for relatives of people found in the graves, including Central Americans, told a joint press conference.

“It is clearly a violation of freedom of the press, the right to legal representation and the right to a independent forensic investigation“Doretti accused.

For Marcela Turati, also spied on by Mexican authorities through the software Pegasus, the investigations of the graves led her to conclude that “there is a organized crime within the government “, where there is” a network of institutions that operate with impunity. “

“This is no longer alone PegasusIt is the whole (official) apparatus to try to harass judicially, to try to censor, “he added.

Turati and 24 other journalists based in Mexico appeared in a list of 15,000 numbers registered in the malicious software acquired by the president’s government Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) to the Israeli company NSO.

The leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador ensures that the program stopped being used during his government, which began in December 2018.

So far there are no convicts for the San Fernando massacre, where in 2010 72 migrants Central Americans and South Americans.

Mexico has experienced a wave of violence since 2006, when the fight against the drug trafficking, with a balance of some 300,000 murders and more than 94,000 disappeared, attributed mainly to the drug cartels and other bands of the organized crime.



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