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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012

Suspected killer of nephew of Coahuila governor had been released by judge in August

Judge had reduced charges to point that "El Shaggy" could be released;
government later got charges reinstated and new apprehension order

     A judge last month released from prison one of the two men suspected of having killed the nephew of the governor of Coahuila state.

     Roberto "El Shaggy" Sifuentes Cadena had been arrested Aug. 3 for possession of marijuana with intent to sell and possesion of gun cartridges. But federal judge Samuel Meraz Lares reduced the charges against Sifuentes, allowing him to be released Aug. 12, Mexican media reported. The federal government later got the charges reinstated and a reapprehension order.

      Sifuentes and Carlos Eduardo "El Pelón" Flores Flores are both suspected of being the gunmen who shot José Eduardo Moreira Rodríguez to death Oct. 3. Both suspects are still at large.

     Moreira Rodríguez is the son of former Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira and nephew of current Gov. Rubén Moreira. Story in Frontera (PDF).

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012

Nephew of Coahuila governor shot to death

Slaying may have occurred in retaliation for police saying of Zeta leader's nephew

Governor's nephew is son of former governor and PRI President Humberto Moreira

Update, Oct. 9: Top Ciudad Acuña police official placed under arraigo in case

     jose eduardo moreiraJosé Eduardo Humberto Moreira, the oldest son of former Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira, was shot to death outside Ciudad Acuña on Wednesday night. Humberto Moreira also was president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party until he was removed last year following a scandal over the debt the state built during his 2005-2011 term.

      José Moreira, 26, also was the nephew of current Gov. Rubén Moreira.

      José Moreira, a regional social development coordinator for the state, was found shot to death near the Santa Eulalia ejido. Story in Frontera (PDF).

      Proceso reported that the death could have been in revenge for state police having killed a nephew of Zetas leader Miguel Angel "Z40" Treviño Morales earlier Wednesday. The nephew and four others were killed in a confrontration in Piedras Niegras, site of a recent mass jailbreak. Narcobanners put on display had the words "family by family." Story, Proceso.  

Humberto Moreira      Update, Oct. 5:  Humberto Moreira said, "I've been able to withstand a lot of things, such as slander, deceit, that people say things they know nothing about, I have been able to bear many things, but this one I cannot, they killed my son, they put two bullets in his head, those wretches, I await justice." Story in Frontera (PDF).
      Gov. Rubén Moreira said 1,600 people in the state have been disappeared as a result of organized crime. Story, Proceso.

      Update, Oct. 6: Widow, on Twitter account, blames governor for husband's death. Story in Frontera (PDF).

      Update, Oct. 9: Top Ciudad Acuña official Rodolfo Castillo Montes was placed under arraigo in the case, suspected of luring José Eduardo Humberto Moreira to his death. Under arraigo, organized-crime suspects can be held 30 days without charge. Story in Frontera (PDF).