Chiapas: One month after the murder of journalist Mario Gómez, a fourth presumed responsible is arrested


(@Hugo Sánchez)

On October 22, journalists from different media outlets in Chiapas protested outside the State Prosecutor’s Office to demand the arrest of the masterminds of the murder of Mario Gómez Sánchez, correspondent of the “Heraldo de Chiapas”, who was murdered in Yajalón on September 21. “One month after the murder, the Prosecutor’s Office has not informed us of the investigations. We do not know if the investigations [about the three detainees at that time] show that they are the ones who murdered our partner or are scapegoats”, said journalist Itzel Grajales. The journalists indicated that they will continue to mobilize until justice is done in the case.

The next day, the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) reported that a fourth person was arrested in relation to the case: Óscar Leyver “N”, known as “El Zapatudo” who was arrested in the city of Palenque. On October 2, Juan David “N” alias “El Machaca”, alleged material perpetrator of the murder, had been arrested; to Juan Pablo “N”, who allegedly watched the journalist’s house and a minor. These three people have already been issued an indictment for the crime of qualified homicide.

For more information (in Spanish):

Detienen a otro presunto asesino del periodista Mario Gómez (El Universal, 23 de octubre de 2018)

Detienen a “El Zapatudo”, presunto asesino del periodista Mario Leonel Gómez (El Heraldo de Chiapas, 23 de octubre de 2018)

A un mes del asesinato de Mario Gómez, periodistas piden caigan autores intelectuales (Chiapas Paralelo, 23 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Three Arrested for the Murder of Journalist Mario Gomez October 8, 2018

Chiapas: Heraldo de Chiapas Journalist Murdered in Yajalon (Sept. 27th, 2018)

National: Defenders and Journalists Denounce Insufficient Resources for Continuity of Protection Mechanism (Sept. 26th, 2018)

National: UNCHR urges Mexico to guarantee resources for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders (Sept. 17th, 2018)


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