The Mexican office of the Attorney General of the Republic intercepted a telephone call in which the mother of an alleged cartel leader – related to the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 – instructed his lawyer to pay the court in exchange for his release.
The contents of the recording, which was first published by the Mexican newspaper El Universal Thursday came hours after the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said the judicial system had been bribed to free José Ángel ‘El Mochomo’ Casarrubias, who was arrested as soon as he was released from prison.
A man identified as Juan, who is part of the team assembled by chief lawyer Arturo Rodríguez, briefed Francelia Salgado about the status of the Casarrubías case for about six minutes, assuring her that everything was fine for her son to be released after he was captured June 24.
Mexican authorities have alleged that José Ángel ‘El Mochomo’ Casarrubias (left) is linked to the September 2014 disappearance of 43 male teachers in the southwestern state of Guerrero. El Mochomo is the alleged leader of the Guerreros Unidos cartel
A recording of a conversation intercepted by the Mexican government revealed that Francelia Salgado (pictured) discussed monetary compensation to secure the release of her son, El Mochomo
Picture: 43 student teachers students whose bodies have not been found since they went missing on September 26, 2014
Casarrubías was released Wednesday afternoon from Altiplano prison in the state of Mexico. The Attorney General’s office and El Universal do not indicate the exact date of the call.
However, the authorities arrested him just outside the prison on suspicion of organized crime activities.
“The evidence and allegations were already introduced in the morning. My colleague Arturo (inaudible) [and I] met the friend who is helping us and he told us the ‘job’ is done and nothing else is waiting (inaudible) to confirm and support it, ‘Juan said in the recording.
The lawyer then split up some details of a meeting that took place with Marco Aurelio González, a clerk working under María del Socorro Castillo, the chief judge of the Second Criminal District Court in the state of Mexico.
‘This person [González] told us that everything has already been done, that if we can move on to the economic issue, “Juan explained. “He even scheduled me now [to meet] at six o’clock in the afternoon. So I discussed the economic issue with you. But I don’t know, tell me. ‘
Salgado, who was out of prison on his first release when El Mochomo was taken into custody, wanted to make sure González was not too far ahead of the deal they had made and reminded Juan that payments should be generous.
“No, remember what we agreed to, give and give,” said Salgado. “Tell them what we won’t give up, but we want to give and give.”
The exact amount of the monetary compensation is unknown, but local media reported that El Mochomo had agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to leave prison.
Del Socorro Castillo eventually ruled that there was not enough evidence to charge the alleged leader of the Guerreros Unidos cartel with allegations of organized crime and kidnapping, and ordered the court to release him on Wednesday afternoon.
El Mochomo is questioned by a law enforcement officer shortly after a judge ordered his release from a prison in the state of Mexico, central Mexico, before he was taken into custody
Forty-three male teachers from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, were detained on September 26, 2014 by the corrupt police on their way to a protest (photo) and transferred to the Guerreros Unidos cartel
The Federal Judicial Council said it has opened an investigation into del Socorro Castillo and the court.
A federal judge has determined that Casarrubías can be detained for up to 40 days, while prosecutors are investigating new charges they plan to file.
Casarrubías is said to have ordered the execution of the 43 teaching students who disappeared after being detained on 26 September 2014 by corrupt officers in Ayotzinapa, a municipality in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
The kidnapping took place when 43 male teaching students from the rural town of Ayotzinapa were detained on the road to protest and transferred to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, after which they were never seen again.
El Mochomo is taken to the police van shortly after he was taken into custody after a judge signed off his resignation for lack of evidence
According to local media, intelligence reports of the prisoner interrogation suggest that El Mochomo ordered the 43 students to be executed, although their bodies were never found.
Last year, López Obrador announced plans to investigate the case “almost all over again” after 77 prisoners were released on charges of official incompetence and corruption.
The suspect’s brother, Sidronio Casarrubías, who was formerly the head of the cartel, was arrested in 2014 as the prime suspect in the mass kidnapping, but was acquitted by a judge last year, who found him illegally detained and tortured for a Make a confession. .