A mayor, a deputy police chief and three police officers in Michoacán have been accused of the murder of 10 men whose burned bodies were discovered in Cuitzeo on Saturday.
Mayor Juan Carlos Arreygue of the municipality of Álvaro Obregón was arrested yesterday along with other four accused and charged with the detention, illegal deprivation of liberty and subsequent murder of the victims.
State authorities said the mayor ordered their detention because of personal differences with one of the dead.
The mayor ran for election last year under the banner of the Labor Party, but not until he had tried to run as the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) candidate, according to Michoacán Governor Silvano Aureoles, himself a PRD member, who said yesterday that Arreygue had been rejected by the party after it detected he had connections with the Caballeros Templarios crime gang.
That claim drew a response today from the Labor Party’s president in Michoacán, who charged that the governor was trying to create a political issue of the mayor’s arrest. Reginaldo Sandoval said Arreygue had been given a background check by federal authorities before the election and no evidence of criminal ties had been found.