New Findings Could Reopen Case of Colosio’s Confessed Killer

The Mexican CNDH recommended that the Attorney General’s Office carry out a new investigation into the case of Mario Aburto, the confessed murderer of Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994

The National Human Rights Commission ( CNDH ) of Mexico recommended this Tuesday to the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to carry out a new investigation into the case of Mario Aburto, the confessed murderer of Mexican presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio in 1994, for serious violations of your human rights

It also pointed out violations of personal integrity and dignified treatment, due to acts of torture and incommunicado detention, as well as due process.

In a statement, the CNDH indicated that after investigating the case, it determined that the torture against Aburto was carried out by agents of the then-Attorney General’s Office and the Public Ministry, from the arrest in March 1994 until the first proceedings. ministerial and in his transfer to jail.

It was also confirmed that medical personnel and custodians of the Federal Center for Social Readaptation (Cefereso) number 1 in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico, “incurred acts of torture “, in addition to leaving him incommunicado and away from his family, which constitutes a violation of human rights to personal integrity and dignified treatment.

The new considerations and findings warn of serious human rights violations, therefore, the CNDH establishes that the FGR must carry out an investigation of the case that gave rise to the arrest and sentence of the victim, “the Commission pointed out.

In addition, he said that these new proceedings “should be addressed without prejudice and with a pro homine (pro persona) perspective, provide the recommendation itself as evidence and consider the multiple omissions, concealments, and actions generated in the past.”

The CNDH said that the new investigation or the reopening of the previous one “will have the purpose of correcting deficiencies and reaching a full clarification of the facts, ” which will allow the victim and Mexican society to access the right to the truth individually and collectively. the repeated human rights violations committed.

And that the State responds for its acts, not only through actions of recognition and integral reparation of the damage but also through actions and policies of non-repetition.

On March 23, 1994, Colosio led a rally in the border city of Tijuana and when he came down to greet the people, a man put a revolver near his ear and shot him in the head and abdomen, dying less than two hours. later in the hospital.

At that time, the alleged material murderer, Mario Aburto, who is currently serving a prison sentence, was arrested. The investigations lasted for years in search of a possible mastermind or a plot.

The assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio is considered the most serious assassination in Mexico since 1928, when President-elect Álvaro Obregón, who had already presided over the country in the period 1920-1924, was assassinated.

Two years ago, when the case turned 25, Mario Aburto’s family sent a letter to the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, asking him to reopen the case.

On March 25, 2019, López Obrador announced that he had read the letter and stated, at that time, that the case was being evaluated to reopen.

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