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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Former Attorney General Jorge Carpizo dies during hernia surgery

jorge carpizoFormer Attorney General and former Interior Minister Jorge Carpizo died Friday in Mexico during hernia surgery, Mexican media reported. Carpizo also was a former rector of the Autonomous National University of Mexico, a former Supreme Court justice and the first head of the National Human Rights Commission. He would have turned 68 Monday.

He was attorney general when Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo was killed at the Guadalajara airport in 1993 and when trafficker Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was captured in the aftermath of the cardinal's slaying. Guzmán escaped from prison in 2001. Carpizo's investigation of the slaying found that it was due to a confusion by Arellano Félix gunmen trying to kill Guzmán; Guzmán said after he was captured that he was at the airport and was being attacked by his rivals.

Carpizo was interior minister when PRI presidential candidate Luis Donaldo Colosio was assassinated in Tijuana in March 1994.
Story, El Vigia. Story, Excélsior.
Columnist Sergio Sarmiento pays tribute to Carpizo, calling him a clean and a most important figure in Mexico's recent history. Sarmiento's column (PDF).
When attorney general, Carpizo hired Eduardo "El Buho" Valle to help him in the fight against drug trafficking.