Mexico arrests former police officer for torture

Mexico City (AP) —Mexico said on Monday that it had arrested a former police officer on suspicion of torture for nearly a decade.

Former Federal Police commander Luis Cardenas Palomino was considered the right arm of former security chief Genaro Garcia Luna. Garcia Luna is currently detained in the United States on suspicion of drug trafficking.

US prosecutors also accused Cardenas Palomino of receiving millions of bribes from the Sinaloa Cartel. It was not clear whether Mexico would consider handing him over.

The Mexican lawyer’s directorate-general said Monday that Cardenas Palomino was arrested on the outskirts of Mexico City on charges of torturing a kidnapper in 2012.

US prosecutors claim that Garcia Luna has received tens of millions of dollars in bribes to protect Joaquín’El Chapo’Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel. Garcia Luna, awaiting a trial in New York, denied the claim.

Garcia Luna emigrated to the United States after serving as Secretary of Public Security in Mexico from 2006 to 2012. He was arrested in Texas in 2019.

Cardena Palomino was the commander-in-chief of the federal police who disappeared in the same year. He and García Luna are best known in Mexico for allegedly attacking a video camera in 2005, and two suspects were arrested after the suspect was illegally detained hours ago. it was done.

The author, Jose Leberes, said that Cardenas Palomino is “one of the main operators of Garcia Luna” and his former boss’s “witness with privileged information”, and he is likely to be handed over. Added.

President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador cites widespread corruption and abuse in federal police as a major factor in his decision to abolish the army in 2019 and appoint some of its officers to the National Guard.

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