National: Suspected Murderer of Samir Flores Remanded in Custody

@MARGARITO PEREZ RETANA /CUARTOSCURO

On October 1st, a judge ordered preventive detention against Javier “N”, one of three men identified by the Morelos State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) as allegedly responsible for the murder of Samir Flores Soberanes, an activist and one of the main opponents of the Huexca thermoelectric plant in Morelos. Samir Flores was murdered in the early morning of February 20th, 2019, a few meters from the door of his house, located in the town of Amilcingo in the municipality of Temoac.

The judge ruled that on Wednesday, October 6th, the trial binding hearing will be held.

The state attorney general Uriel Carmona Gandara reported that on Thursday, September 30th, elements of the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) detained Javier “N” in Cuatla, Morelos to place him before the judicial authority. However, Javier “N” had been detained since July 2020 in the Cuautla district jail for drug sales and attempted murder against the policemen who tried to arrest him. His judicial process is in an intermediate stage since the defense filed an appeal.

Juan Carlos Flores, a member of the Front in Defense of the Land and Water Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala, denounced that “the alleged arrest of Javier ‘N’ when he was already in jail only shows that it is a complete setup.” In addition, it coincided with the visit of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to the state, where he announced that he is going to start the thermoelectric plant.

Juan Carlos Flores added that “we are neither saying nor ruling out that he is one of the probable perpetrators, but the media are definitely using this detention to give an appearance of justice.”

For now, only two current lines of investigation remain: the one related to his participation in the resistance against the thermoelectric plant and the one linked to his activism within the Amilcingo community.

For more information in Spanish:

Juez ordena prisión preventiva contra presunto homicida de Samir Flores(Aristegui Noticias, 02 de octubre de 2021)

Dan prisión preventiva a presunto asesino de activista Samir Flores (El Universal, 01 de octubre de 2021)

Ordenan prisión preventiva contra presunto homicida de Samir Flores (La Jornada, 01 de octubre de 2021)

Presunto asesino de Samir Flores fue detenido en prisión; llevaba un año encerrado por intentar matar a un policía (Animal Político, 02 de octubre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Indigenous Organizations Mobilize to Demand Justice for Murder of Samir Flores (February 22, 2021)

National: “Second Global Action against the War against the EZLN, for the Peoples and for Life: Samir Lives” (September 16, 2020)

National: EZLN and CNI Hold Events on the First Anniversary of the Murder Samir Flores(February 25, 2020)

Chiapas/Mexico: EZLN, CNI and CIG Convene Actions in Defense of Territory and Mother Earth “We Are All Samir” (January 14, 2020)

National/International: CNI Mobilizations for Global Day of Struggle in Defense of Life and our Territories – “SAMIR FLORES LIVES” (October 17, 2019)

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