Judge orders arrest of senior federal policeman in Salinas killing
TOLUCA, Mexico – A judge has ordered the arrest of a senior federal police officer in connection with the December slaying of a former president’s brother, Mexico State Attorney General Alfonso Navarrete announced on Wednesday.Speaking at a news conference, Navarrete urged federal officials to help in the detention of Deputy Commander Eleazar Ruben Munoz, who he said was suspected of involvement in a plot to extort money from Enrique Salinas de Gortari before the slaying of the brother of former President Carlos Salinas.Prosecutors in the state bordering Mexico City have said they believe extortion was the motive for the killing.Navarrete said Munoz had given inconsistent testimony and had failed to answer later summons for interrogation.Fabian Medina, spokesman for the federal attorney general’s office – which oversees the Federal Agency of Investigation – said Wednesday Munoz had not showed up for work for several days.Medina said Munoz hadn’t shown up for work for four days; he said the agency had no idea where he was, but would be willing to turn him in.”The attorney general’s office repeats its absolute commitment to working in coordination with State of Mexico prosecutors,” Medina said.After two lower-ranking federal agents were arrested and charged with extortion in July, the federal attorney general’s office said its own investigations failed to show any evidence of their participation in an extortion or the slaying of Salinas.However, it was Munoz who vouched for them.Salinas’ body was found Dec. 5 in a car abandoned west of Mexico City. His head was covered with a plastic bag, and he had a letter describing financial problems and threats against his children.Prosecutors have said they suspect Salinas, 51, was being extorted by federal agents in league with his attorney. All those implicated have insisted they are innocent.
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