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Mexico cop in torture case fired: Training Videos in Leon, Gto.
Tuesday, 01 July 2008 13:23

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Police Training on Torture in Leon, Gto., Mexico

Scenes & offensive language may be disturbing: ADULT SUPERVISION is recommended

FOX News.com

Saturday, July 19, 2008

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican police chief was fired Friday following the release of two police training videos that show officers practicing torture techniques, local media reported.

Carlos Tornero, police chief in the central city of Leon, was fired at the recommendation of the Guanajuato state attorney general's office for human rights, the Reforma newspaper said, citing state Public Safety Secretary Alvar Cabeza de Vaca.

The head of police training, Javier Haro Esparza, was also fired, the newspaper said.

No one was available to confirm the report at Cabeza de Vaca's office on Friday night, and officials from Guanajuato's state government could not be reached for comment.

One of the videos, obtained two weeks ago by the newspaper El Heraldo de Leon, shows police appearing to squirt water up a man's nose, a torture technique once notorious among Mexican police. They then dunk his head in a hole that an unidentified voice on the video says is full of excrement and rats. In another video, an unidentified English-speaking trainer asks a police agent to roll in his own vomit.

The English-speaking man belonged to a private U.S. security company hired to help train the agents, ex-police chief Tornero had said. He claimed the videos showed sessions training officers from an elite police unit to withstand torture if they are kidnapped by organized crime groups.

The footage provoked an uproar across Mexico amid separate accusations of abuse by police and soldiers engaged in a nationwide battle to root out drug gangs.

The National Human Rights Commission has documented 634 cases of military abuse since President Felipe Calderon sent more than 20,000 soldiers to assist in the crackdown.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AlterNet

U.S. Mercenary Company Implicated in Mexican Torture Videos

Laura Carlsen, Huffington Post
Posted on July 14, 2008 
 

Two videos of a torture-training session with the police force of León, Guanajuato shocked the Mexican public last week and raised serious questions about human rights under the Calderon offensive against organized crime. For readers with strong stomachs, the videos can be found here.

The videos leaked by the local paper El Heraldo de León hit the media just one day after President Bush signed into law a $400 million aid package to support President Felipe Calderon's war on drugs and organized crime. The tapes show graphic images of torture techniques used on victims who city officials claim were volunteers from the police force. In one, a debilitated victim is insulted and dragged through his own vomit. In another, a victim receives shots of mineral water up the nose and has his head forced into a pit of "rats and excrement."

It's old news that torture exists in Mexico. The videos were especially shocking in a society relatively inured to human rights violations for two reasons: they prove without a doubt that torture is not an anomaly in the country, but an institutionalized practice; and they reveal the role of foreign private security companies.

1) The graphic images led to public outcry throughout the country and made it into the international press. Compounding the outrage at the torture scenes, Leon officials responded by defending the training program and refusing to suspend it. As people across the country watched in horror, the mayor and police chief claimed the practices do not violate human rights and are necessary to fight organized crime.

When reminded that torture is prohibited under Mexican law, the officials backtracked and claimed they were teaching specialized police officers to withstand torture techniques rather than dish them out. But it's obvious watching the video that this is a Torture 101 course. Trainers bark orders at police officers on how to humiliate and "break" the victims.

What has many people worried is that the war on drugs launched by Felipe Calderon -- and explicitly endorsed and supported by the U.S. government through aid to the Mexican police and military -- is sending a message to Mexican security forces that "anything goes". These tactics are reprehensible, yet they are being presented as acceptable in the context of a war mentality.

2) The second point of concern is that the video clips show foreign private security companies teaching torture interrogation techniques to Mexican security forces. Kristin Bricker, an investigative reporter from the online newspaper NarcoNews, uncovered evidence that indicates the trainers are from a Miami-based private security company called "Risks, Incorporated."

The company, incorporated in London, boasts "Psychological torture is the main tactic used in professional interrogations, it works and leaves no physical marks. We do this interrogation technique and others on some courses to show how easy it is to break a hostage and we're being nice!"

The images raise serious questions about the direction of U.S. aid under Plan Mexico (Merida Initiative). The Plan includes an unspecified amount for contracts to U.S. private security companies. As the webpage of Risks Incorporated shows, these kind of courses are the dead opposite of human rights training.

We don't know if other companies carry out similar courses. But private security companies under contract from the State Department and the Dept. of defense have come under heavy fire since the massacre of 17 Iraqi civilians in which Blackwater employees were involved and the lawsuits against security firms for torture at Abu Ghraib. Even Department of Defense officials have complained that they have "quick trigger fingers," "act like cowboys" and "lack accountability." A military intelligence officer referred to them as "essentially mercenary forces" -- the term commonly used throughout Latin America to describe U.S. private security forces.

To make matters worse, these firms seem to operating in an international legal void. A CRS report to Congress states "It is possible that some contractors may remain outside the jurisdiction of U.S. courts, civil or military, for improper conduct in Iraq." This lack of legal accountability extends to their actions elsewhere as well. The UN Mercenaries Working Group has noted the lack of regulation worldwide of these growing forces.

In Mexico, despite legal reforms that no longer allow testimony obtained through torture as evidence, the practice is widespread. When we took testimonies in Chiapas, Oaxaca and Atenco in February as part of the International Civil Commission on Human Rights, I heard many cases of beatings, scaldings and sexual abuse in police custody. These cases, and these victims, remain beneath the radar of the press and public opinion, and were ignored by U.S. legislators quick to please Latino voters.

The Mexican government recognized only 72 cases for the entire period 2001-2006. When torture cases are prosecuted at all, they often wind up being prosecuted as lesser charges. According to its website, the Human Rights Commission has issued only three recommendations regarding torture since 1995. Many victims who have suffered torture at the hands of the authorities are understandably reluctant to report the violations to the same governments whose security forces or agencies were responsible for the incidents.

Mexican human rights groups report that violations have been on the rise in Mexico since the drug war sent over 25,000 soldiers out into the streets and emboldened police forces. In its annual report, the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Center notes "a regression in respect and protection of fundamental rights." Since most of the aid from Congress goes to the police and military, with another large chunk for domestic spying operations, it's fairly easy to predict that instead of cleaning up Mexican security forces in their fight against organized crime, we will see the empowerment of impunity.

Women, indigenous peoples and opposition leaders are the most common targets. Since Plan Mexico also funds equipment for tracking Central American migrants in Mexico and further militarizing the Mexican border, it can be assumed that migrants will also be the victims of increased human rights violations.

Some Washington human rights groups have claimed that Plan Mexico will help Mexico reform and eliminate illegal practices such as torture. But the aid package funds the same forces that commit those atrocities with virtual impunity.

The problem for Mexico in reaching a higher level of respect for human rights is a political -- not a legal or economic -- problem. All indications show that the Calderon model of militarized control, supported by the Bush model of counter-terrorism security embodied in Plan Mexico, will only make it worse.

Laura Carlsen directs the Americas Program of the International Relations Center (IRC), based in Mexico City, Mexico, on line at AmericasPolicy.org.

© 2008 Huffington Post All rights reserved.

washingtonpost.com

Videos of Violent Police Training Appear as Mexico Awaits U.S. Aid

Manuel Roig-Franzia

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Foreign Service
Wednesday, July 2, 2008; A10

MEXICO CITY, July 1 -- Videos showing Mexican police learning torture methods appeared on the Internet this week as the country, soon to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. anti-drug aid, is seeking to improve its human rights record.

The videos show officers in the city of Leon, about 150 miles northwest of Mexico City, forcing one of their colleagues to crawl through vomit and injecting carbonated water into the nose of another. An instructor, whose face can be seen in one video, barks out commands in English. Leon Police Chief Carlos Tornero told the Associated Press that the instructor is from a private U.S. security firm, but he declined to say which one.

"These are no more than training exercises for certain situations, but I want to stress that we are not showing people how to use these methods," Tornero said.

The videos -- first uncovered by a local newspaper, El Heraldo de León -- ran repeatedly Tuesday on television stations here and prompted huge headlines in daily newspapers. La Jornada, a left-leaning Mexico City newspaper, declared, "Law enforcement in León teaches police to torture."

Mexican and international human rights organizations expressed concern over the videos.

"This is troubling," said Sergio Aguayo, founder of the nonprofit Mexican Academy for Human Rights. "In the past, torture was usually hidden. Now they don't even bother."

The videos show officers from Leon's Special Tactics Group, known here by its Spanish-language initials, GET. In one video, a man who appears to be in extreme pain is shown kneeling in the dirt. An instructor -- a bearded man of medium build in a black T-shirt, jeans and sunglasses -- gives orders in English.

"Now get him to roll back into the puke," the instructor tells one of the trainees.

The man, dressed in camouflage, can be seen rolling toward the vomit. But he does not touch it.

"He missed it. Roll back," the instructor says.

"This punishment works," a trainee, whose face is not shown, can be heard saying in English.

In another video, an officer -- presumably playing the role of a witness -- can be heard panting and gasping in pain as other officers squirt carbonated water into his nose. The man is being held in a dark room, and his arms are bound as he lies in a hole in the floor. Officers curse at him and talk of torturing him with rats and fecal matter.

Residents in several states have accused Mexican soldiers of committing hundreds of human rights violations, including rape and unjustified shootings, during a crackdown on drug cartels. Activists say Mexicans frequently do not make human rights complaints against local police for fear of retribution.

In recent months, human rights concerns shaped negotiations between U.S. and Mexican lawmakers over a $400 million U.S. aid package designed to help Mexico fight drug cartels.

Mexican officials persuaded the U.S. Congress to remove some human rights conditions, but a provision prohibiting Mexico from using testimony derived from tortured witnesses remained in the final bill.

"The only thing that I thought when I saw those videos was 'Thank God the U.S. Congress attached some human rights conditions,' " said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director for New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The Guanajuato state human rights commission has launched an investigation into the police training methods in Leon, and state prosecutors have also said they will review the videos.

But local officials have defended the training methods.

Leon Mayor Vicente Guerrero told reporters that police need aggressive training methods to confront the threat of drug cartels suspected by law enforcement officials in more than 1,800 killings this year.

"Perhaps it looks inhuman to us," Guerrero told El Heraldo de León. "But it is part of a preparation method that is used all over the world."

© 2008 The Washington Post Company

International Herald Tribune

Police 'torture' videos cause uproar in Mexico

Tuesday, July 1, 2008  

MEXICO CITY: Videos showing Leon police practicing torture techniques on a fellow officer and dragging another through vomit at the instruction of a U.S. adviser created an uproar Tuesday in Mexico, which has struggled to eliminate torture in law enforcement.

Two of the videos — broadcast by national television networks and displayed on newspaper Internet sites — showed what Leon city Police Chief Carlos Tornero described as training for an elite unit that must face "real-life, high-stress situations," such as kidnapping and torture by organized crime groups.

But many Mexicans saw a sinister side, especially at a moment when police and soldiers across the country are struggling with scandals over alleged abuses.

"They are teaching police ... to torture!" read the headline in the Mexico City newspaper Reforma.

Human rights investigators in Guanajuato state, where Leon is located, are looking into the tapes, and the National Human Rights Commission also expressed concerned.

"It's very worrisome that there may be training courses that teach people to torture," said Raul Plascencia, one of the commission's top inspectors.

One of the videos, first obtained by the newspaper El Heraldo de Leon, shows police appearing to squirt water up a man's nose — a technique once notorious among Mexican police. Then they dunk his head in a hole said to be full of excrement and rats. The man gasps for air and moans repeatedly.

In another video, an unidentified English-speaking trainer has an exhausted agent roll into his own vomit. Other officers then drag him through the mess.

"These are no more than training exercises for certain situations, but I want to stress that we are not showing people how to use these methods," Tornero said.

He said the English-speaking man was part of a private U.S. security company helping to train the agents, but he refused to give details.

A third video transmitted by the Televisa network showed officers jumping on the ribs of a suspect curled into a fetal position in the bed of a pickup truck. Tornero said that the case, which occurred several months earlier, was under investigation and that the officers involved had disappeared.

Mexican police often find themselves in the midst of brutal battles between drug gangs. Officials say that 450 police, soldiers and prosecutors have lost their lives in the fight against organized crime since December 2006.

At the same time, several recent high-profile scandals over alleged thuggery and ineptness have reignited criticisms of police conduct. In Mexico City last month, 12 people died in a botched police raid on a disco.

The National Human Rights Commission has documented 634 cases of military abuse since President Felipe Calderon sent more than 20,000 soldiers across the nation to battle drug gangs.

And $400 million in drug-war aid for Mexico that was just signed into law by President George W. Bush doesn't require the U.S. to independently verify that the military has cleaned up its fight, as many American lawmakers and Mexican human rights groups had insisted.

The videos may seem shocking, but training police to withstand being captured is not unusual, said Robert McCue, the director of the private, U.S. firm IES Interactive Training, which provides computer-based training systems in Mexico.

"With the attacks on police and security forces in Mexico that have increased due to the drug cartel wars, I'm not surprised to see this specialized kind of training in resisting and surviving captivity and torture," he said.

Associated Press Writer E. Eduardo Castillo contributed to this story.

Copyright © 2008 The International Herald Tribune

OTHER INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Videos allegedly show torture by police in Mexico
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Mexico Uproar Over 'Torture' Videos
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Police `torture' videos cause uproar in Mexico
(Chicago Tribune) Wed 05:27 GMT
Police videos cause a stir in Mexico
(Los Angeles Times) Wed 08:08 GMT

Police 'torture' videos stir anger
(CNN) Wed 07:27 GMT
Videos of Violent Police Training Appear as Mexico Awaits U.S. Aid
(RINF.com) Wed 11:13 GMT

Police `Torture' Videos Outrage Mexico
(ABC News) Wed 10:58 GMT
Cops 'Torture Technique' Video Creates Mexican Uproar
(FOXNews.com) Wed 13:51 GMT
 
Mexico: Police 'Torture' Videos
(Time) Wed 12:26 GMT

Mexican Police Torture Videos Cause Uproar
(CBS News) Wed 09:16 GMT

Torture videos stir Mexican uproar
(Toronto Star Online) Wed 08:56 GMT
MICHOACAN
CAPACITACION con GOLPES E INSULTOS
Mandos operativos de la Dirección de Protección Civil del Ayuntamiento de Morelia recurrieron al maltrato físico y psicológico para capacitar a Alejandra López Herrera, aspirante a ingresar a Bomberos de Morelia. El video que muestra las imágenes del adiestramiento, fue realizado en 2007. A manera de deslinde, el alcalde Fausto Vallejo resaltó que los hechos ocurrieron durante la administración del panista Salvador López Orduña.
Copyright © 2004-2008 Editora de Medios de Michoacán S.A. de C.V.
Todos los Derechos Reservados.

El Universal has no official political affilation and is the most read newspaper in Mexico.

En Guanajuato la tortura es regla: CNDH 

Investigaciones hechas por la Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH) documentan que funcionarios públicos del estado ejercen la tortura como una práctica sistemática para obtener información o declaraciones

Marchan en León para pedir la renuncia del alcalde

Ciudadanos, académicos y estudiantes protestaron en contra del edil, Vicente Guerrero, por su actitud ante los cursos de tortura dirigidos a los policías de élite municipales
El Universal
León, Gto Jueves 03 de julio de 2008
12:06

El presidente municipal de León, Guanajuato, el panista Vicente Guerrero Reynoso,  aceptó suspender el entrenamiento que reciben los policías del Grupo Especial Táctico bajo sistemas de tortura, como consecuencia del exhorto que este sentido le hizo la Procuraduría Estatal de los Derechos Humanos. El alcalde dijo que están abiertos a que se realicen todas las investigaciones para establecer el tipo de capacitación que reciben los policías y que aseguran no tienen relación con aspectos de tortura. Artículo completo, AQUI

© 2000 - 2008

Cesan a Jefe de Policía en León, Guanajuato

Álvar Cabeza de Vaca, Secretario de Seguridad en León.
Julio César Salas, 19/JULIO/2008
  
A causa de los videoescándalos, fue cesado ayer el director de la Policía, Carlos Tornero Salinas.

También fue despedido el director del Centro de Formación Policial (Cefopol), Javier Haro Esparza.

El subsecretario de política criminal, Martín Octavio Luque Lucio, fue nombrado encargado de despacho en suplencia de Tornero, mientras que el director operativo de Tránsito Municipal, Ricardo López López, asumirá las riendas de Cefopol.

La difusión de los videos de policías golpeando a un detenido, así como la reestructuración de la Secretaría de Seguridad que solicitó la Procuraduría Estatal de los Derechos Humanos, llevaron al despido de los directivos.

Tornero Salinas había tomado el cargo de director de la Policía el 8 de noviembre de 2006.

Previo al anuncio del despido de Tornero, el alcalde Vicente Guerrero, el Secretario del Ayuntamiento, y el Secretario de Seguridad, se reunieron con la mayoría de los regidores y síndicos en una junta de información.

El secretario de Seguridad, Álvar Cabeza de Vaca, fue el encargado de oficializar el cese de Tornero, con el argumento de que así se facilitaría la revisión y reestructura de la corporación.

“Esta medida, nos permitirá profundizar en los cambios estructurales que la sociedad demanda, así como en las mejoras operacionales y capacitación que necesita la propia corporación”, dijo Cabeza de Vaca.

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Hace cuatro años Mario Falcone capacitó a integrantes del Grupo Especial de Reacción Inmediata (GERI) de la Procuraduría de Justicia de Guanajuato.

Sofía Negrete, 10 de Julio, 2008

Un agente de la Policía Municipal fue cesado por filmar, con una actitud burlona, la agonía de un asaltante.
En un video difundido ayer por a.m., aparece un policía levantando con la punta de su bota la cabeza de un cadáver, mientras otro oficial graba la escena con su celular y juega a hacer una toma para el programa ‘Te Caché’, que se transmitía en TV Azteca. Artículo completo, AQUI.


‘Asquerosos y humillantes’

Mariana Nieto López, 7/JULIO/2008

El arzobispo José Guadalupe Martín Rábago calificó de ‘asquerosos’ y ‘humillantes’ los videos de prácticas extremas del Grupo Especial Táctico de León. “Yo, lo que alcancé a ver en algunos de los videos, francamente me pareció asqueroso, diría humillante para las personas que fueron sometidas a ese tipo de prácticas”, declaró al final de su misa dominical. Aunque afirmó que es necesario contar con cuerpos de seguridad capacitados, reprobó la falta de respeto a la dignidad humana que se expone en estas grabaciones. Artículo completo, AQUI.
Yered Jiménez: Los dirigentes de los partidos de oposición en Guanajuato, solicitaron ayer a la Procuraduría de los Derechos Humanos investigar la capacitación de la Policía leonesa.
3/JULIO/2008

‘Me vale Wilson’

Julio César Salas / Shayra Albañil
Al alcalde Vicente Guerrero Reynoso le valen “Wilson” las críticas, así sean en cadena nacional.
“Aquí no están dañando al Alcalde, están dañando y generando una mala imagen en la ciudad. A mí me vale ‘Wilson’ lo que digan de mí, no hay problema, yo estoy tranquilo, duermo bien, estoy confiado porque hay respaldo del Ayuntamiento y de la sociedad”. El semblante de Guerrero Reynoso estaba más relajado luego de recibir el apoyo del sector empresarial, ante el escándalo surgido por la capacitación extrema de los agentes policiacos del Municipio. Artículo completo, AQUI

Un nuevo video muestra al Subdirector del Centro de Formación Policial cuando golpea a una cadete en una práctica de tiro.

2 de Julio, 2008

CRECE ESCANDALO

Por Alejandro Sandoval

Los videos que muestran a policías en actos de tortura fueron retomados ayer por las agencias internacionales de noticias AP, Reuters, AFP y CNN, y miles de cibernautas los observaron en el sitio youtube.

Un nuevo video difundido anoche, muestra al Subdirector del Centro Formación Policial, Roberto Ramírez Govea, cuando insulta y golpea a una cadete en una práctica de tiro.

La aspirante a policía es regañada con groserías mientras recibe instrucciones para disparar.

“¡Eh!, ¡voltea la méndiga cabeza! ¿A qué chin... le tienes miedo? ¡Aquí no quiero p...!”, le dice el instructor.

La cadete, quien porta un casco y su pistola sujetada con ambas manos, dispara y al parecer falla su tiro, por lo que el regaño sube de tono.

Entre groserías le indica que su tiro le puede costar la vida a un ciudadano o a un compañero.

Posteriormente el capacitador le pide que se hinque para disparar otra vez, pero cuando se agacha, la golpea en la cabeza; la mujer cae al suelo e inmediatamente se repone.

“No suelte el disparador, recargue el trasero y apriete el cu…”, exige el instructor. El video fue tomado de espaldas a la cadete, al parecer con un teléfono celular.

De acuerdo con Carlos Tornero Salinas, director de la Policía, el video fue grabado en diciembre o enero y por estos hechos se resolvió de inmediato el cese del funcionario.

“Tenemos conocimiento de que existe un video que señala a un instructor de nuestro Centro de Formación Policial, que en un momento dado está actuando llamemos de forma arbitraria contra una cadete de Policía”, dijo Tornero.

“Al enterarse la autoridad de la existencia del video, se actuó con el cese del entonces subdirector”.

Con éste ya suman cinco los videos en los que se muestra a la Policía en situaciones irregulares.

© 1999-2003 Cia. Periodística Meridiano S.A. de C.V.

EL HERALDO DE LEON

Foto del dia

Fortin abandonado en 400 hectáreas, construído en 1942

2 de Julio, 2008 por Andrés Guardiola

Una antigua fortificación a las afueras de la ciudad es utilizada por el Grupo Especial Táctico de la Policía Municipal para practicar ejercicios de entrenamiento, tiro y aprender a torturar.

Los videos difundidos por El Heraldo muestran que el “entrenamiento” se realizó en la edificación conocida como El Fortín, a unos kilómetros del poblado de Albarradones, en la zona rural del municipio de León. El Fortín o Albarradones es una construcción de propiedad federal que se encuentra en total abandono. Desde hace al menos ocho años, elementos de la policía local no sólo entrenan en el lugar, sino incluso juegan gotcha.

Para llegar a la Escuelita de los Horrores basta con tomar la carretera al balneario Comanjilla y antes de llegar a ese punto, una desviación en un camino de terracería cortado ya por las primeras lluvias.
En el Fortín el silencio es impresionante. De noche incluso inspira miedo. Las escaleras de la entrada principal se han colapsado debido a un daño estructural en sus cimientos.

La totalidad de su fachada pétrea ha sido pintada con graffiti. Carece de puertas y únicamente quedan los marcos de las ventanas. Sobre la entrada principal existe un gran balcón del cual aún sobrevive su herrería y del cual pareciera que se recibe y vigila al visitante.

Cactáceas y mezquites flanquean la edificación que de día o de noche luce obscura, entre sus pasillos se escucha el reverberar de los pasos y los sonidos pequeños se amplifican, terminando en cada puerta que da al exterior. En la parte trasera del edificio existen caballerizas y a un costado un gran tanque de agua elevado y oxidado. Así también existe un salón cubierto con mosaicos, donde eran los baños y las duchas, hoy inservibles.

En todas y cada una de las divisiones de Albarradones hay basura acumulada, excrementos y señales de que por veces, es habitado por vagabundos o pandillas. Por eso la Policía de León ha tomado este sitio de propiedad federal y fuera de sus instalaciones oficiales, para sus prácticas clandestinas.

ALBERGUE EN LA SEGUNDA GUERRA

El Fortín de Albarradones fue construido durante el gobierno del presidente Manuel Ávila Camacho en 1942, luego de que México declarara la guerra a los países del Eje el 22 de Mayo de ese mismo año y su propósito era albergar a los soldados mexicanos que participarían en la guerra.

Cientos de soldados participarían de la capacitación castrense necesaria para combatir a los japoneses, alemanes e italianos, apoyando a los Aliados. Al final los únicos mexicanos que acudieron oficialmente a la guerra fueron los integrantes del Escuadrón 201 y su equipo de trabajo.

Sin embargo la conflagración terminó y la edificación quedó abandonada. En 1974, bajo el mandato del gobernador Luis Ducoing pensó en convertir esas barracas en una penitenciaría regional que diera servicio a Aguascalientes, Querétaro, parte de San Luis Potosí, Jalisco y por supuesto, Guanajuato, según narró Manuel Maldonado Vallejo, quien era director de Prevención y Readaptación Social en aquella administración estatal.

Pero la carencia de agua y las condiciones estructurales del edificio no eran aptas para albergar reclusos y la iniciativa fue cancelada.

“Yo les dije que no eran las condiciones idóneas para tener internos. El edificio ya estaba muy gastado, además desde el inicio, con las prisas para preparar a los soldados no hicieron bien los cimientos y el edificio se ha ido inclinando. No era seguro para tener tanta gente”, comentó Manuel Maldonado.

Desde entonces 400 hectáreas con una construcción que incluye caballerizas, habitaciones e incluso un gran tanque elevado, se encuentra en total abandono.

Según las autoridades municipales el video es parte de las “memorias” que se toman de los entrenamientos extremos de los policías leoneses.

Copyright © 2008 El Heraldo de León | Todos los derechos reservados

 

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