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Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

Attorney General's Office says it does not have a case against Gen. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare

He and 3 other generals were said to be cooperating with Beltrán Leyva cartel

Update, Jan. 23: Columnist Leo Zuckermann raises specter that original arrests had to do with politics

       The Attorney General's Office says it does not have a case against Gen. Tomás Ángeles Dauahare, who had been bound over for trial in August along with three other generals for allegedly having aided the Beltrán Leyva cartel.

        Ángeles Dauahare and the other generals had been investigated by the National Action Party administration of President Felipe Calderón, who was succeeded by Enrique Peña Nieto of the Institutional Revolutionary Party on Dec. 1.
        Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam, in a document dated Jan. 15, said it could not corroborate statements by Sergio "El Grande" Villarreal and a protected witness named "Jennifer." Villarreal was extradited to the United States in May.

       On Thursday of last week, the decision to bind the generals over for trial had been upheld by a federal court based in Guanajuato.
Story, Aristegui Noticias.  Story, RadioFórmula.  Story, in Frontera (PDF).    

      Last year's story on the generals. Their arrests not only caused a stir because they were generals, but because Ángeles Dauahare is a grandnephew of Mexican Revolution hero Gen. Felipe Ángeles.

Update, Jan. 23: Excélsior columnist Leo Zuckermann says he did not think the arrest of the generals last spring had to do with last year's presidential campaign, but now wonders. Zuckermann noted that shortly before Ángeles Dauahare's detention, he had appeared before the PRI's Colosio Foundation at an event headed by Peña Nieto.