A photo on Rainer Hagenbusch's Facebook page pays tribute to his brother. A photo on Rainer Hagenbusch's Facebook page pays tribute to his brother.

Cyclists in Chiapas were murdered; brother claims cover-up

Robbery believed to be motive in killing of German and Polish cyclists

A Chiapas state prosecutor confirmed today that two European cyclists found dead in a ravine had been murdered.

The news first surfaced yesterday when the brother of Holger Hagenbusch claimed that his brother and a fellow bicycle traveler had been assassinated.

Today, prosecutor Luis Alberto Sánchez confirmed that Hagenbusch and Krzysztof Chmielewski had been killed, the former by a gunshot to the head and the latter by a severe blow, also to the head.

He said the motive for the killings appeared to be robbery. Some belongings including a bicycle and cameras were missing at the scene, the bottom of a 200-meter ravine on the highway between San Cristóbal de las Casas and Ocosingo.

A regional prosecutor had earlier reached a different conclusion. Arturo Liévano Flores said that Chmielewski, a Polish citizen whose body was found April 26, had died of head trauma.

The body of Hagenbusch, a German citizen, wasn’t found until May 4. It was located about 200 meters from that of his fellow rider.

On the same day, Liévano said there was no suspicion of foul play and an autopsy had revealed no evidence that the Pole had been murdered. His hypothesis was that the cyclists had lost control on the narrow and risky highway and plunged to their deaths.

Yesterday, Hagenbusch’s brother, Rainer, posted on his Facebook page that the Chiapas Attorney General’s office had updated him on the status of the investigation.

“The truth is that it was an assassination . . . an assassination that was covered up,” he wrote.

He also said that Chmielewski had been decapitated and was missing one foot.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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