Mexico’s office of the attorney general of the republic intercepted a phone conversation where the mother of an so-called cartel leader – who’s linked to the 2014 disappearance of 43 students – instructed his lawyer to pay off the court as a swap for his release.
The content of the recording, which was first published by Mexican newspaper El Universal on Thursday, came hours after Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the judicial system was bribed to be able to free José Ángel ‘El Mochomo’ Casarrubias, who was simply rearrested when he was launched from prison.
A man defined as Juan, who’s part of the team put together by lead lawyer Arturo Rodríguez, briefed Francelia Salgado for about six minutes on the status of Casarrubías’ case, assuring her that every thing was ready for her son to be released after that he was captured June 24.
Mexican authorities have claimed José Ángel ‘El Mochomo’ Casarrubias (left) is linked to the September 2014 disappearance of 43 male student teachers in the southwestern state of Guerrero. El Mochomo is the so-called leader of the Guerreros Unidos Cartel
A recording of a conversation intercepted by the Mexican government revealed that Francelia Salgado (pictured) discussed monetary compensation to secure the release of her son, El Mochomo
Pictured: 43 student teachers students whose bodies have not been found given that they went missing September 26, 2014
Casarrubías was released from the Altiplano prison in the State of Mexico on Wednesday afternoon. The attorney general’s office nor El Universal indicate the actual date of the conversation.
However, authorities arrested him right not in the prison on suspicion of organized crime activities.
‘The evidence and the allegations have been entered each day. My colleague Arturo (inaudible) [and I] met with the friend who’s helping us and that he told us that the ‘job’ is ready and nothing else is awaits (inaudible) to assert and sustain it,’ Juan said in the recording.
The attorney then broke down a few of the details of a gathering that occurred with Marco Aurelio González, a court clerk who works under María del Socorro Castillo, the pinnacle judge of the Second Criminal District Court in the State of Mexico.
‘This person [González] told us that everything is done, when we can carry on covering the economic issue,’ Juan explained. ‘He even scheduled me right now [to meet] at six in the afternoon. So I had discussed the economic issue with you. But I don’t know, you tell me.’
Salgado, who was beyond your detention facility when El Mochomo was taken in to custody upon his initial release, wanted to make sure González was not getting too ahead of himself with the agreement they’d in place and reminded Juan that the payments should really be generous.
‘No, remember what we agreed to, giving and giving,’ Salgado said. ‘Tell them what we are maybe not going to back down, but we want to give and present.’
The exact quantity of the monetary compensation is unknown, but local media outlets reported El Mochomo had agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to walk out of prison.
Del Socorro Castillo ultimately ruled that there clearly was not enough evidence to charge the so-called leader of the Guerreros Unidos Cartel with charges of organized crime and kidnapping, and instructed the court to release him from custody Wednesday afternoon.
El Mochomo is questioned by way of a law enforcement agent moments after having a judge ordered his release from a prison in the State of Mexico, in central Mexico, before that he was taken into custody
Forty-three male teaching students from Ayotzinapa, Mexico, were detained September 26, 2014 by corrupt police on the way to a protest (pictured) and handed over to the Guerreros Unidos Cartel
The Federal Judiciary Council said it has opened an investigation in to del Socorro Castillo and the court.
A federal judge has ruled that Casarrubías may be held for up to 40 days while prosecutors investigate new charges which they intend to file.
Casarrubías reportedly ordered the execution of the 43 teaching students who disappeared after being detained on September 26, 2014, by corrupt cops in Ayotzinapa, a municipality in the southwestern state of Guerrero.
The abduction happened when 43 male teaching students from the rural town of Ayotzinapa were detained on their way to a protest and handed over to the Guerreros Unidos Cartel, after which these were never seen again.
El Mochomo is led in to a police van moments after he was taken in to custody after having a judge signed off on his release due to lack of evidence
According to local media, intelligence reports from the interrogation of detainees claim that El Mochomo gave the order for the 43 students to be executed, although their health were never found.
Last year, López Obrador announced plans to reinvestigate the case ‘nearly from scratch’, after 77 detainees were released amid allegations of official incompetence and corruption.
The suspect’s brother, Sidronio Casarrubías, who was simply previously the cartel’s head, was arrested in 2014 as a principal suspect of the mass kidnapping, but was absolved by a judge last year, who determined he was being held illegally and tortured to extract a confession.