El Menchito El Menchito: set free for the second time.

Judge frees Jalisco cartel boss — again

Procedures faulted, lack of evidence cited in case against El Menchito

The man identified as second in command of the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, arrested a week ago, has been freed by a federal judge.

Rubén Oseguera González, also known as “El Menchito,” was ordered released because of violations of due process and lack of evidence.

It was the second time the son of cartel leader Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes has been set free by federal authorities. He spent nearly a year in jail before being released in January for lack of evidence against him.

Federal security forces arrested Oseguera González on June 23 in Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, along with his brother-in-law, who was also ordered released.

A judge decided this week that the arrests were illegal: Federal Police had entered a home illegally to arrest the two men, which contradicts federal authorities’ version of events, that the arrests were made when the suspects were riding in a truck.

The judge identified three other factors as well: there was a delay of nine hours between their arrest and their presentation before a prosecutor, they were not given immediate access to a defense lawyer and there was insufficient evidence linking the men with the Nueva Generación Cartel.

Federal authorities launched a special operation in May to go after the cartel’s leaders and dismantle the organization, one of the strongest in Mexico today.

Source: CNN (sp)

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