Source: Los Ángeles Press (Spanish)
Author: Guadalupe Lizárraga
August 19, 2014
Translation: JB for CART / CART
PGR intimidates journalists for disclosing false kidnapping of Wallace
Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (PGR) opened a preliminary investigation against journalists and human rights activists that have investigated and published evidence revealing the false kidnapping and killing of Hugo Alberto Wallace, manufactured since 2005 by his mother Isabel Miranda Torres in Mexico City and which has given her political notoriety and economic power.
In response, the President of the Canadian Association for Rights and Truth, David Bertet, based in Montreal, said that he is making a public report to Foreign Affairs Canada and the Canadian Embassy in Mexico for the “wrongful acts of intimidation, retaliation, and abuse of office” by the Anti-kidnapping Unit of SEIDO (Assistant Attorney’s Office Specialized in Organized Crime Investigations).
Based on the report filed by Isabel Miranda, the PGR opened the investigation PGR/SEIDO/UEIDMS/464/2014 against the activist David Bertet and the journalists Guadalupe Lizárraga (Los Ángeles Press), Anabel Hernández (Proceso), Luis Miguel Ipiña (writer).
The inquiry was initiated by Public Ministry Lourdes López Lucho Iturbide of the Anti-kidnapping unit of SEIDO, organism that was reported for abuse of power against the activist Giel Meza, who was detained with long-barrelled weapons and without any written notification order on July 13, 2014, to be questioned about the work of the journalists.
A second act of intimidation by SEIDO was against Enriqueta Cruz, mother of Brenda Quevedo Cruz, one of the accused of the fake kidnapping and killing of Hugo Alberto Wallace Miranda. Cruz was notified under the warning of economic sanctions if she did not present herself to the authorities, on August 11, to give information on the origin of the evidence and the testimony published by Los Ángeles Press and the magazine Proceso.
David Bertet said in his report that the fact that he himself is considered a suspect in this preliminary investigation is an act of intimidation and retaliation against him personally, given that his professional activities are legally based on coordinating and promoting investigations about the manufactured guilty defendants in Mexico, reason why he filed a report before the FEADLE (Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes Against the Freedom of Expression) of the PGR.
In the wake of the investigation into the false Wallace kidnapping, Bertet said: “the association that I lead showed that the accusations against the victims of Isabel Miranda Torres were manufactured with the invaluable help from major government officials,” and added that the actions of the Anti-kidnapping Unit staff of the PGR does not surprise him, but it confirms his suspicions as to the existence of a wide network of corruption and influence peddling within the institution, now headed by Jesús Murillo Karam.
He concludes his report saying that “as a foreign activist and a human rights defender, concerned about the situation in Mexico, it is really disappointing to note that, even though the Mexican government receives subsidies from a country like Canada to enhance its own capabilities in the fight against crime, as well as the justice system in accordance with international standards, an institution such as the PGR continues to be an accomplice of organized crime, gnawed by corruption, moved by interests unrelated to justice.”
MRS. LAURA ANGELINA BORBOLLA MORENO
SPECIAL ATTORNEY FOR INVESTIGATING CRIMES AGAINST FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION,
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC
SUBJECT: REPORT OF UNLAWFUL ACTS OF INTIMIDATION, REPRISALS AND ABUSE OF AUTHORITY BY STAFF OF THE ANTI-KIDNAPPING UNIT OF THE PGR IN RELATION TO THE PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION PGR/SEIDO/UEIDMS/464/2014
On June 18 at 11 a.m., relatives of the defendants in the so-called Wallace case had a sit-in outside the facilities of the PGR on Paseo de la Reforma to request an interview with Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam with respect to the elements of evidence that were published by Los Ángeles Press and Proceso. These items of evidence, among them a birth certificate in the name of Hugo Alberto, son of the activist — president of the organization “Alto al secuestro (Stop the kidnappings)” and owner of the billboard company Showcase — Isabel Miranda de Wallace, as well as a CURP (Unique Code of Population Registration) handled by the missing person or his parents 5 years after his supposed death, gave a new twist to the Wallace case by pointing out that Hugo Alberto is very probably still alive under an identity other than that of Hugo Alberto Wallace Miranda and, as a consequence, the case of his alleged kidnapping and murder was clearly manufactured. To date the relatives of the accused persons in this case have not received any answer from the prosecutor’s office.
In addition, up to now, the PGR and the “competent” authorities have deliberately ignored our work on behalf of the victims of violation of their human rights and the manufacture of culprits. On July 13, 2014, the SEIDO staff was mobilized to pressure and intimidate our colleague and co-worker, Giel Meza, President of the Asociación Gente de México por la Democracia (Association of People in Mexico for Democracy), who was arbitrarily arrested the same July 13, in flagrant violation of due process and his human rights, with guns pointed at him by agents of SEIDO, and then interrogated and intimidated for more than 5 hours about the recent publications of Los Ángeles Press and Proceso on the Wallace case.
On July 25, 2014, the Canadian Association for Rights and Truth, and the freelance journalist Guadalupe Lizárraga sent the Attorney two open letters to request once again to open an investigation in light of the evidence to date unknown that offers a totally different perspective on the Wallace case and the character of Isabel Miranda de Wallace. We took this opportunity to express in those letters our deep concern at the illegal detention of our colleague Giel Meza.
The answer from the institution led by Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam was twofold:
1) With reference to PGR, SEIDO, UEIDMS, 464/2014 and at the request of Isabel Miranda de Wallace, a preliminary investigation was officially opened by the Public Ministry Lourdes López Lucho Iturbide from the Anti-kidnapping Unit of SEIDO against Guadalupe Lizárraga (Los Ángeles Press), Anabel Hernández (Proceso) and David Bertet, President of the Canadian Association for Rights and Truth, based in Canada.
(2) The mother of Brenda Quevedo Cruz was summoned to the SEIDO facilities to carry out a due diligence on August 10, 2014, at 10 o’clock in the morning.
In summary, it is evident that not only the “competent” authorities in Mexico deliberately refuse to investigate the so-called Wallace case, but by blindly obeying this person whose true face has been evidenced through investigations by activists, journalists and human rights defenders, the authorities behave in a manner contrary to the law by resorting to intimidation, psychological violence against colleagues and relatives of victims, by opening a preliminary investigation on events beyond their competence since if there were a complaint signed by Isabel Miranda de Wallace with regard to the publication of defamatory information, “it would have to be through a civil and not a criminal action,” as Anabel Hernández explained in her letter to that organization. It should be noted the contradiction in which Isabel Miranda Wallace finds herself by asking that an investigation be opened into the publication of documents that she herself, in an interview on the program Impacto Jurídico (Judicial Impact), called them “false,” accusing us implicitly of manufacturing false documents when we know that these documents (a first birth certificate in the name of Hugo Alberto Miranda Torres that was used to process a CURP in 2010) are valid and authentic.
On the one hand, such action by the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the PGR staff does not surprise us. On the other hand, it confirms our suspicions as to the existence of a wide network of corruption and influence peddling within the institution headed by Jesús Murillo Karam. As a foreign activist and human rights defender concerned about the situation in Mexico, it is really disappointing to see that, even though the Mexican government receives subsidies from a country like Canada to enhance its own capabilities in the fight against crime as well as the justice system in accordance with international standards, an institution such as the PGR continues to be an accomplice of organized crime, gnawed by corruption, moved by interests unrelated to justice.
Knowing that the preliminary investigation number PGR/SEIDO, UEIDMS, 464, 2014 is directed personally against me, even though no crime has been committed since the documents that were published by Los Ángeles Press and Proceso are issued by the Civil Registry of Mexico City, to which anyone can have the right, I want to report as a reprisal and an attempt at intimidation against me the recent actions taken by the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the PGR, retaliation and intimidation that are the result of my investigative work done in a legal and professional over the alleged kidnapping and death of Hugo Alberto Torres Miranda or Hugo Alberto Wallace Miranda, work through which the association that I lead showed that the accusations against the victims of Isabel Miranda de Wallace Torres were manufactured with the invaluable help of major government officials. In summary, I am victim of retaliation and intimidation for fulfilling the objectives and mandate of the association that I have the honour to chair, which are to defend and promote human rights, as well as the duty of any human being to face and fight against injustices and violations of fundamental rights, anywhere in the world where these injustices take place.
The staff of the Anti-kidnapping Unit of the PGR, obviously under control of Isabel Miranda de Wallace, by investigating quite inappropriately and outside its powers on how we obtained the birth certificate and the CURP for Hugo Alberto Miranda Torres is trying to pressure those in Mexico or abroad who investigate the so-called case Wallace, those who support the Mexican people and agree with them in their noble aspiration to security and to a genuine justice system.
Given my current impossibility to be at the Prosecutor’s Office of the PGR and present a criminal report against whom it may be responsible, I ask that within my right this email serve as a formal report before the Special Prosecutor of the PGR, until I can be at its offices in person to ratify said report. Therefore, hereby I request its immediate intervention in case that I were to be arrested inside Mexican territory, in order to safeguard my physical integrity and my constitutional rights. I must point out to you that I will be filing a report with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Foreign Affairs Canada in Canada against the person or persons who, in Mexico, may be responsible for the threats against me.
Finally, I hold Isabel Miranda de Wallace directly responsible for what may happen to me or to any other member or associate of the Canadian Association for Rights and Truth, inside and outside Mexican territory.
Canadian Association for Rights and Truth