State police at Papantla police headquarters. State police at Papantla police headquarters.

Eight police jailed for forced disappearance

Papantla's police chief is among suspects in case of missing youths

Of the 42 municipal police detained yesterday in Papantla, Veracruz, in connection with the forced disappearance of three youths last week, eight have been jailed based on evidence of their involvement.

One of the eight is the chief of police.

The remaining members of the 183-strong police force have been disarmed and state police have assumed responsibility for policing in the municipality of about 150,000.

As of yet there is no indication as to what happened to the three young men who disappeared March 19. Two were seen being arrested by municipal police.

Papantla Mayor Marcos Romero Sánchez has admitted that 37 officers had failed evaluation and trust testing but had not been dismissed, as required, because the municipal government does not have the financial resources to pay severance costs.

The 32 officers continued working after failing their exams.

Source: El Universal (sp), Animal Político (sp)

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