In Mexico, a court indicted five men accused of kidnapping and killing Americans earlier this month. A branch of the Gulf gang had left the men tied up on a Matamoros street with a sign accusing them of the murders, according to a local prosecutor, in an incident that raised tensions between the United States and its southern neighbour.
- Les hommes, qui not été identifiés que par leur prénom et l’initiale de leur nom de famille, ont été inculpés d’enlèvement and d’homicide international, a indiqué le bureau du procureur general de l’État Mexicoin de Tamaulipas dans statement.
- Prosecutors and the cartel said the men carried out the attack and kidnapping of four Americans who were crossing from Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros on March 3, killing two and injuring another, as well as killing a bystander.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, the two men admitted to taking part in the attack, but claimed they did not shoot the Americans.
- The reason for the attack is unclear, but an apology letter left by the cartel next to the restrained suspects indicates that it was a mistake.
Prosecutors said the men would remain in custody for the next six months as the investigation progressed.
The Americans reportedly ventured to Mexico for LaTavia Washington McGee, the sole uninjured survivor, to have a plastic tummy tuck, while three men traveled with her to drive her and help her recover. According to the FBI, the Americans quickly came under enemy fire after crossing the border, and were dragged from their rental truck into another vehicle that escaped. Authorities tracked down the Americans four days later to a hideout outside Matamoros, where two of the men—Zindel Brown and Shade Woodard—were found dead and Eric James Williams was discovered with gunshot wounds to both legs. US Attorney General Merrick Garland vowed that the Justice Department would be “tough” in prosecuting those responsible for the attack, although no one in the US has been charged.
Last week, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized Republican lawmakers who proposed sending the US military into Mexico to fight the cartels, saying, “We are not a protectorate of the United States, nor a colony of the United States.” On Monday, Mr. López Obrador also denounced a series of travel warnings issued by the State Department recommending that Americans not travel to 30 of Mexico’s 32 states or use extra caution when traveling. Normal precautions can be exercised. At a press conference, the president insisted that “Mexico is safer than the United States,” even though the country’s homicide rate — 28 per 100,000 people — is four times higher than that of the United States, according to the World Bank.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Nicholas Rayman
<< لتقرأ أيضًا: ما هي العلاقات التجارية بين الولايات المتحدة وتايوان؟ >>>