Angry citizens yesterday in Bochil. Angry citizens yesterday in Bochil.

Upset at court ruling, citizens nab judge

Residents riled after Chiapas court frees homicide suspect

More than 100 residents of a village in Chiapas detained and kidnapped a judge and five employees of the court yesterday to protest the release of a homicide suspect.


The citizens of Llano Grande grabbed Judge Julio César Victoria Gómez and court staff in the city of Bochil, bundled them into several trucks and took them back to their village.

The kidnappers have also threatened to burn the offices of a human rights organization whose efforts helped free Daniel Sánchez Hernández.

The organization’s director, Diego Cadenas, charged that he had information indicating that citizens from Bochil planned to travel to San Cristóbal de las Casas today and burn down his offices.

He said the human rights group’s investigation into the case against Sánchez found that he was innocent of the charge against him, and accused state prosecutors of fabricating the case to make the accused a scapegoat.

Last Thursday, a tribunal in San Cristóbal agreed that Sánchez was innocent and ordered that he be released.

Source: Chiapas Paralelo (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    Mexicans, especially those in the South, are showing more courage in the face of tyranny than we Americans lately. Bundy ranch, Waco, and Ruby Ridge not withstanding.

    Trees are for shade, climbing, firewood, and adorning with pol and crat ornaments.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • Commander Barkfeather

      Not worth the trouble of a response.

  • Garry Montgomery

    Well, with a corrupt bureaucracy, what are citizens supposed to do? The lynch-mob mentality always explodes in situations where it seems obvious that the government actors are pulling the strings in favor of criminals who are probably paying for favors. It’s not right, but until the government can show it’s not corrupt, the problem will persist.

    • Commander Barkfeather

      Are we not assuming an awful lot here? It just may be possible that the government/bureaucracy is not corrupt and that no criminals paid any favors and that Daniel Sánchez Hernández is indeed innocent of any crime. We only know what the judge ruled before he was kidnapped by a mindless mob intent on seeing someone punished. Bad as the criminal justice system may or may not be, it must be better than anarchy.

      • Garry Montgomery

        I passed no judgement on the kidnapped . . . and he may be innocent but, the Mexican government IS corrupt, the citizenry know it and feel pressed to prevent criminals from buying their freedom in a kangaroo court. They must have felt there was enough evidence to convict yet the defendant walked with insufficient justification to satisfy the citizenry. . .

        • Commander Barkfeather

          You appear to be a reasonable person, so I’ll respond once again. What the mob thought is immaterial, because even if the mob arrived at the correct conclusion, it was serendipitous rather than based on a preponderance of the evidence. Of course corruption can be found in the Mexican government (as in the US), but was it corrupt in THIS case? We don’t know. My only point is that this is the only government Mexico has; until it is replaced Mexicans will have to allow some benefit of the doubt, for it to function at all.

          • Garry Montgomery

            Corrupt or not, the citizenry were not satisfied and the government did nothing to convince them. I don’t advocate for their actions but living in Mexico, I do understand. Look at the U.S. right now . . . action groups and college campuses out of control destroying everything and suppressing speech. The U.S. is polarized with the majority being discontent and the “educated mass” will probably follow the same path as the uneducated Mexicans. Mexicans have been ridden over rough-shod by the elites for too long and government actions will always be suspect until honesty is a visible reality.

          • Garry Montgomery

            You miss the point. In Mexico, even under pain of death, the mob will respond as it feels fit if the authorities don’t soothe the troubled waters. The government as it is, barely functions and in most States with governors and their sycophants robbing the till, it’s obvious to the mob that violence and lunch mentality is the only recourse to satisfaction.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Hillbilly Lawless War Zone…….can’t beat these people like a unwanted step child, don’t want to join them because you can’t beat them, so WTF do you do with these Hillbillies?