[Marxism] Assassin of Rosario Ibarra's Son Arrested
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Fri Feb 20 00:08:15 MST 2004
Hours after the death of Jose Lopez Portillo, the Fox government moves
against Nazar Haro. Fox can't be expected (by the Mexican press)to
investigate the now dead Portillo, but will get big 'democratic' credentials
and credit for seemingly to move against an elderly henchman of the 'old'
Ex-Mexican Domestic Spy Chief Arrested
By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press Writer
MONTERREY, Mexico - A former director of Mexico's domestic spy agency
appeared before a judge Thursday, facing charges that he kidnapped a leftist
leader nearly three decades ago. The arrest of Miguel Nazar Haro, the
former head of the now-dissolved Federal Security Directorate, delivered a
long-awaited victory to the special prosecutor investigating Mexico's
so-called "dirty war" against leftist activists during the 1960s and 1970s.
Arrested in Mexico City on Wednesday, the 79-year-old Nazar Haro was
taken overnight by plane to the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, where he
appeared before a federal judge Thursday afternoon. Reporters were not
allowed in the courtroom.
Nazar Haro is one of three former federal officials charged with the 1975
kidnapping of Jesus Piedra Ibarra, an alleged guerrilla activist who
disappeared after his abduction. The two others are still at large.
Piedra Ibarra's mother, noted human rights activist Rosario Ibarra, called
Nazar Haro's arrest a "key piece" in solving a "sinister puzzle of
repression." But she added that an arrest does not guarantee justice.
"Let's see what happens with the judges," Rosario Ibarra said. "We still
don't know if the justice process in this country acts in accordance with
the law, with strict adherence."
Jose Nazar Daw, Nazar Haro's son and defense lawyer, called his father's
arrest a "baseless, political maneuver." "How is it possible that
authorities are taking the testimony of a police agent who later retracted
himself as the basis for his arrest," Daw said. "It's a baseless accusation
and we're going to fight it."
Throughout the 1960s and '70s, small bands of Marxist guerrillas attacked
the army and agents of the Federal Security Directorate. The government
responded with a campaign to weed out suspected rebels and activists accused
of supporting them. The National Human Rights Commission has documented the
disappearance of at least 275 suspected rebels. Mexico's Supreme Court
cleared the way in November for the arrest of former officials implicated in
the kidnapping of activists who were never seen again. President Vicente
Fox's government has appointed special prosecutor Ignacio Carrillo to
investigate past government crimes against activists and massacres of
student demonstrators in 1968 and 1972.
Human rights groups applauded the arrest Thursday. "This arrest marks an
important break from three decades of impunity for some of the worst human
rights violations in Mexico," said Jose Miguel Vivanco of Human Rights
Watch, a New York-based human rights organization.
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